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Police Dispatcher Salary

For Police Dispatchers, hourly average wages total $15.99 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.49 per hour and $23.52. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. There are more female Police Dispatchers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,585 - $53,088
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,313
10%
50%
90%

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$10.49 - $23.52
(Median)
$10
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,585 - $53,088  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,550  
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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$23,934 - $53,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.49 - $23.52  
   
Overtime
$17.67 - $36.52  
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 - $1,550  
   
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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$23,934 - $53,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Police Dispatchers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Emergency Dispatcher. Median pay for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers is $33K.

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Survey results show that 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.


For many Police Dispatchers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. On average, Police Dispatchers make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $42K.

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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Emergency Response
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Typing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 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%