Salary for Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

Also known as:  911 Dispatcher, 911 Operator, Ambulance Dispatcher, Emergency Communications Dispatcher, Emergency Communications Operator, Emergency Operator, Emergency Telecommunications Dispatcher, Fire Dispatcher, Police Dispatcher, Police Radio Dispatcher

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Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers answer calls for 9-1-1 as well as non-emergency calls to these local entities. They take information from the caller that will assist the proper authorities in correctly responding to the call, including their name, nature of the problem and address. Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers work in a call center or other emergency communication center. A dispatcher must have a high school diploma or a GED, though additional requirements vary according to state. An expected 12% growth rate by the year 2020 is likely.

A Police, Fire, or Ambulance Dispatcher usually receives a salary that can range from 24000 and 36000 based on experience. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers can expect salaries of Thirty Three Thousand dollars yearly.

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers make the most money in California, where they receive an average pay rate of close to about $52830. Professionals that work in this career are compensated most highly in Information, where they receive normal pay levels of $41390.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 8.80 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers tend to make the most in the following industries
Management of Companies and Enterprises $41,390
Information $38,890
Public Administration $37,390
Educational Services $34,300
Wholesale Trade $33,010
Health Care and Social Assistance $32,780
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $32,290
Health Care and Social Assistance $32,780
Wholesale Trade $33,010
Educational Services $34,300
Public Administration $37,390
Information $38,890
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