Police Dispatcher Salary

Pay for Police Dispatchers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.61 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women Police Dispatchers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Police Dispatchers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$26,451 - $64,964
$26K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,202
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$11.99 - $25.58
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MEDIAN: $17.61
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Salary $26,451 - $64,964
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$26,161 - $58,577
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $11.99 - $25.58
Overtime $17.63 - $42.32
Annual Data $0$58K
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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$26,161 - $58,577
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 149

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Police Dispatcher


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Although many Police Dispatchers transition into Emergency Dispatcher roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $33K.

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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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Q: What is it like working as a Police Dispatcher?

Police Dispatcher in New Iberia:
"The good, the bad & the UGLIEST."
Pros: Hands down, the most rewarding factor of my job is knowing that my ultimate goal is making the world a better place. Our main focus is to institutionalize criminals who endanger law abiding citizens for reasons only they are able to advise. We work very, very hard to make life altering decisions for people in the community without personally knowing most of them. We are the people who are there to help those who feel they have no one else to turn to. I truly value human life, and I feel obligated to take whatever measures needed to protect the safety of human life, animals & property.
Cons: Law enforcement is portrayed as a corrupt, biased field whose ultimate goal is to harm & kill innocent people which makes me sick to my stomach. We are unappreciated by millions of people. We are cursed at, spit on & lied about on an everyday basis. It's unsettling to know that you are supporting & helping people who don't support & help you. As a dispatcher, the lifeline between a critc situation & help, we are constantly overlooked and are treated as if we are the bottom of the barrel. We are victims of harassment far more than most because our perpetrators are able to hide behind communication devices. No matter how good of a job I do, only my faults are noticed, spoken about, and exaggerated. No matter what kind of mood I am in or what is going on in my life, I am to be a calm, happy and professional person helping those who, if we are being truthful, aren't calling for positive reasons. When I answer the phone I am always hearing about the bad in the world.

Police Dispatcher in West Haven:
"Very stressful."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Low pay.

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Key Stats for Police Dispatcher

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$39,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

▼0%

National Average
$39,000


Customer Service
▼5%

Multitasking
▼7%

Emergency Response
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%
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