Police Dispatcher Salary

Average Police Dispatchers in the United States make around $17.44 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Police Dispatchers (56 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,855 - $64,564
$26K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,998
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50%
90%

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$11.82 - $26.23
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.44
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,855 - $64,564  
   
Bonus
$2,175  
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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$25,586 - $59,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $26.23  
   
Overtime
$19.59 - $45.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$2,175  
   
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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$25,586 - $59,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 147

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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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Many Police Dispatchers transition into upper-level roles like Emergency Dispatcher. However, Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers do report a slightly lower median income of $33K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $52K.

Police Dispatcher Reviews

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.

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Key Stats for Police Dispatcher

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

Experienced
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$38,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Customer Service
▲2%

National Average
$38,000

▼1%

Multitasking
▼1%


Emergency Response
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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