Police Dispatcher Salary

For Police Dispatchers, hourly average wages total $16.23 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.43 per hour on the lower end to $24.74 on the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Police Dispatchers. There are more female Police Dispatchers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,611 - $55,091
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $37,368
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$11.43 - $24.74
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,611 - $55,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,123  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,740 - $56,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$18.58 - $39.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,123  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,740 - $56,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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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.

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Police Dispatcher Tasks

  • Contact appropriate personnel during emergency situations.
  • Operate base radio to communicate with police department staff.
  • Greet visitors and provide directions.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls.
  • Enter dispatch calls into a computerized dispatch system.

Common Career Paths for Police Dispatcher


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Police Dispatchers who transition into an upper level Emergency Dispatcher position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Emergency Dispatcher makes $33K a year.

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Police Dispatchers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Multitasking, Customer Service, Typing, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency Response. Many workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication also know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Police Dispatchers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. Police Dispatchers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Multitasking
up arrow 14%

Typing
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Emergency Response
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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