Dispatcher Salary Information

The salary statistics of dispatchers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of dispatchers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dispatchers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dispatchers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Dispatcher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,760
25th Percentile Wage
$29,710
50th Percentile Wage
$38,260
75th Percentile Wage
$49,590
90th Percentile Wage
$62,640

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dispatchers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dispatchers is $62,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,760. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 163% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dispatchers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201638,2602.14%6.14%
201537,4401.28%-
201436,9600.87%-
201336,6401.99%-
201235,910--

Table 2. Dispatcher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dispatchers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for dispatchers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $53,890. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $28,170).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$53,890
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$48,790
Manufacturing
$42,860
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,750
Mining
$39,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,710
Wholesale Trade
$39,100
Information
$38,140
Construction
$38,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,070
Transportation and Warehousing
$37,870
Retail Trade
$37,630
Educational Services
$36,760
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,040
Accommodation and Food Services
$32,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,480
Finance and Insurance
$30,180
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$28,170


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