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Police Dispatcher Salary

An average Police Dispatcher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.93 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.87 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $23.35. Women account for the majority of Police Dispatchers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,585 - $53,088
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,885
10%
50%
90%

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$10.87 - $23.35
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,585 - $53,088  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
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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$24,173 - $53,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $23.35  
   
Overtime
$18.09 - $36.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
   
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).
)
$24,173 - $53,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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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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Many Police Dispatchers move into an 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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Police Dispatchers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Multitasking, Customer Service, Emergency Response, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Police Dispatcher

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $37K. On average, Police Dispatchers make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Police Dispatchers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Multitasking
up arrow 19%

Customer Service
up arrow 14%

Emergency Response
up arrow 6%

Typing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%
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