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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,100
25th Percentile Wage
$30,830
50th Percentile Wage
$38,870
75th Percentile Wage
$49,570
90th Percentile Wage
$61,270

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 $61,270. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,100. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% 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 police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201638,8702.21%6.61%
201538,0101.58%-
201437,4100.99%-
201337,0402.00%-
201236,300--

Table 2. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatcher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in 7 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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $39,310. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $30,410).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,310
Educational Services
$37,160
Transportation and Warehousing
$36,850
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,690
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,590
Construction
$30,990
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,410

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 $18,860 to $59,190. The highest paying state for police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers is California with a median annual salary of $59,190. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,860. 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
California
$59,190
Nevada
$58,650
Oregon
$54,530
Alaska
$54,230
Washington
$53,870
Connecticut
$53,330
Minnesota
$49,740
Colorado
$47,830
Illinois
$47,610
Hawaii
$46,770
Massachusetts
$45,490
New York
$45,240
New Jersey
$44,350
Wisconsin
$43,880
Rhode Island
$43,740
Maryland
$43,670
Arizona
$43,240
Ohio
$42,780
New Hampshire
$42,490
Delaware
$41,240
Michigan
$40,860
Iowa
$40,160
Wyoming
$39,620
Maine
$39,460
North Dakota
$39,210
Vermont
$38,760
Florida
$37,670
Pennsylvania
$37,240
Virginia
$37,010
Utah
$36,340
Texas
$35,930
Idaho
$35,840
Montana
$35,760
Indiana
$35,150
Missouri
$34,290
New Mexico
$34,240
North Carolina
$34,040
Nebraska
$34,040
Tennessee
$33,290
Kentucky
$32,130
Kansas
$31,890
South Dakota
$31,280
South Carolina
$30,690
Alabama
$30,460
Georgia
$29,850
Louisiana
$29,350
Oklahoma
$29,110
West Virginia
$27,560
Arkansas
$27,360
Mississippi
$24,800
Puerto Rico
$18,860


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