An average Police Dispatcher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.42 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Police Dispatchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Police Dispatchers (57 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,278 - $59,207
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MEDIAN: $38,824
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$11.87 - $25.78
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$25,278 - $59,207  
   
Bonus
$2,175  
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$25,506 - $57,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $25.78  
   
Overtime
$17.85 - $44.15  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$2,175  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,506 - $57,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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 Emergency Dispatcher roles. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers seem to make a little less than Police Dispatchers as their salaries average out to $33K a 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.


Police Dispatchers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $38K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $34K. Police Dispatchers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $52K.

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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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Experience Affects Police Dispatcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Police Dispatcher Salaries

Multitasking
up arrow 5%

Typing
0%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Emergency Response
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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