Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salary

The average Emergency Dispatcher in the United States earns approximately $14.91 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women account for the majority of Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,990 - $56,939
$27K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,745
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$10.28 - $21.68
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MEDIAN: $14.84
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$0$56K
Salary $26,990 - $56,939
Bonus $600
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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$22,973 - $51,498
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 99
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $10.28 - $21.68
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $14.79 - $33.07
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $600
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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$22,973 - $51,498
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 267

Job Description for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Police/fire/ambulance dispatchers perform a very crucial function in society. As such, they are required to possess a number of unique traits, particularly the ability to remain calm under pressure. They will be responding to emergency calls on a daily basis, many of which are life-or-death situations, so it is imperative that they remain rational and maintain communication. A college degree is not usually required, as employers place more emphasis on prior work experience.

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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Tasks

  • Operate emergency communication and computer equipment such as radio, telephone, local alarm systems and paging systems.
  • Maintain exact times and information on radio shift log.
  • Obtain incoming information and dispatch Police Officers, Emergency Medical and Fire personnel.

Common Career Paths for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


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Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers typically move into roles as 911 Dispatchers or Police Dispatchers, and those positions pay $1K more and $1K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher


Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatchers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medical Services, Telecommunications, Customer Service, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Telecommunications are also skilled in Customer Service and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Pay by Experience Level for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Pay by Experience for a Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher has a positive trend. An entry-level Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 185 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 74 salaries. A Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 30 salaries.

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Key Stats for Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries

▲38%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$34,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher Salaries



National Average
$34,000


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 16%