Police Dispatcher Salary
Earnings for Police Dispatchers in the United States come in at around $17.46 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Police Dispatchers is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women make up a slight majority of Police Dispatchers (57 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$25,663 - $66,188|
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|$25,790 - $58,939|
|Hourly Rate||$11.94 - $25.68|
|Overtime||$19.34 - $43.89|
|Total Pay (||$25,790 - $58,939|
Job Description for Police Dispatcher
A police dispatcher is the first person contacted when emergency assistance is requested. Dispatchers generally work within call centers or actual police stations; while they work in shifts, the position itself is 24-7, so some may be required to work weekends or overnight shifts. They may work either alone or on teams with other dispatchers depending on the size of their department. Educational requirements are not strict, aside from a high school diploma or equivalent; initial training is available on-the-job and ongoing training is often required. Aspiring dispatchers should also be familiar with a variety of technological equipment.Read More...
Police dispatchers receive calls which are directed to the law enforcement agency or redirected through a 911 call center. They must process and evaluate the information provided to determine the importance of the call (while keeping the caller calm and collected) and which personnel will respond, and may also coordinate police activity by assigning officers to various situations or requesting additional units or services on an officers’ behalf.
Dispatchers are also responsible for maintaining logs regarding police activity, calls, responses and requests, as well as accessing and entering data regarding each call received. Candidates for the position should be highly organized, attentive to detail, and able to remain calm in what can be a high-stress environment.
Police Dispatcher Tasks
- Answer telephones and direct calls.
- Enter dispatch calls into a computerized dispatch system.
- Greet visitors and provide directions.
- Contact appropriate personnel during emergency situations.
- Operate base radio to communicate with police department staff.
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Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher
Pay by Experience for a Police Dispatcher has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Dispatcher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 102 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Dispatcher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 70 salaries. An experienced Police Dispatcher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 57 salaries. A Police Dispatcher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 24 salaries.
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