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Police Dispatcher Salary

The average Police Dispatcher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.95 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.32 per hour and $23.05. Most Police Dispatchers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Police Dispatchers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$25,527 - $54,021
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36,717
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$10.32 - $23.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,527 - $54,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,067  
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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$23,653 - $53,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $23.05  
   
Overtime
$17.39 - $35.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,067  
   
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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$23,653 - $53,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 224
United States (change)

Job Description for Police Dispatcher

  • 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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Many Police Dispatchers move into a Emergency Dispatcher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers on average bring in a similar salary to Police Dispatchers.

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Survey takers who work as Police Dispatchers typically report just a few professional skills. Emergency Response and Typing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher

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


Police Dispatchers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Police Dispatchers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Emergency Response
up arrow 16%

Typing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 11%