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Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatcher Salary Information

The salary statistics of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatcher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,920
25th Percentile Wage
$31,700
50th Percentile Wage
$39,640
75th Percentile Wage
$50,370
90th Percentile Wage
$62,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers is $62,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,920. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 141% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,640
1.94% 8.43%
2016
$38,870
2.21% -
2015
$38,010
1.58% -
2014
$37,410
0.99% -
2013
$37,040
2.00% -
2012
$36,300
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Table 2. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatcher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in 10 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 police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $47,450. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $30,990).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$47,450
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,970
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,290
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,260
Educational Services
$37,370
Transportation and Warehousing
$37,170
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$32,850
Construction
$30,990

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers by States

From the above tables we note that not only police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,730 to $66,050. The highest paying state for police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $66,050. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,730. For more salary information of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$66,050
California
$62,050
Nevada
$58,940
Washington
$55,240
Alaska
$55,160
Connecticut
$54,360
Oregon
$54,170
Minnesota
$52,280
Colorado
$48,130
Illinois
$47,570
Massachusetts
$47,060
Hawaii
$46,750
Maryland
$45,480
New Jersey
$45,280
New York
$44,990
Wisconsin
$44,820
Rhode Island
$44,810
Arizona
$44,590
New Hampshire
$43,810
Ohio
$43,490
Delaware
$43,150
Iowa
$42,220
Michigan
$41,980
North Dakota
$41,390
Maine
$40,570
Wyoming
$39,920
Vermont
$39,310
Pennsylvania
$39,230
Florida
$37,990
Virginia
$37,470
Texas
$37,340
Montana
$37,000
Utah
$36,420
Idaho
$36,350
Nebraska
$35,260
New Mexico
$35,150
Indiana
$35,090
North Carolina
$34,890
Tennessee
$33,770
Kentucky
$33,730
Missouri
$33,610
Kansas
$32,740
South Dakota
$32,390
South Carolina
$31,350
Alabama
$30,670
Georgia
$30,630
Louisiana
$30,540
Oklahoma
$29,760
West Virginia
$29,030
Arkansas
$28,310
Mississippi
$25,330
Puerto Rico
$18,730



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