Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-5031 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

Operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment at emergency response centers. Receive reports from the public of crimes, disturbances, fires, and medical or police emergencies. Relay information to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. May maintain contact with caller until responders arrive.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
97,100 1.0 % $18.01 $37,460 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.91 $13.58 $17.27 $21.69 $26.75
Annual Wage (2) $22,700 $28,240 $35,930 $45,120 $55,640


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 80,610 1.46 $18.17 $37,790
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,030 2.35 $15.48 $32,200
State Government (OES Designation) 4,870 0.21 $19.80 $41,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,610 0.06 $17.11 $35,580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,410 0.03 $16.12 $33,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,030 2.35 $15.48 $32,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 80,610 1.46 $18.17 $37,790
State Government (OES Designation) 4,870 0.21 $19.80 $41,190
Other Support Services 350 0.12 $16.60 $34,520
Investigation and Security Services 590 0.07 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.02 $20.92 $43,500
State Government (OES Designation) 4,870 0.21 $19.80 $41,190
Business Support Services (8) (8) $19.01 $39,550
Elementary and Secondary Schools 80 (7) $18.50 $38,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 80,610 1.46 $18.17 $37,790


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,710 0.75 0.99 $15.72 $32,690
California 6,330 0.45 0.60 $26.48 $55,070
Florida 6,290 0.88 1.16 $18.41 $38,290
New York 5,470 0.65 0.86 $20.07 $41,750
Ohio 4,220 0.85 1.12 $18.10 $37,640




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 380 1.38 1.83 $17.59 $36,600
Alabama 2,410 1.33 1.76 $13.89 $28,890
Mississippi 1,340 1.25 1.65 $11.63 $24,200
New Hampshire 740 1.22 1.61 $18.26 $37,980
West Virginia 850 1.21 1.60 $11.54 $24,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,330 0.45 0.60 $26.48 $55,070
Nevada 630 0.56 0.75 $25.37 $52,770
Oregon 980 0.62 0.81 $23.23 $48,320
Washington 1,660 0.61 0.81 $22.77 $47,350
Illinois 3,530 0.63 0.84 $22.32 $46,430





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,610 0.52 0.68 $19.82 $41,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.51 0.67 $24.96 $51,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,360 0.53 0.71 $17.10 $35,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,340 0.60 0.79 $16.43 $34,170
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.70 0.93 $19.12 $39,770
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,270 1.05 1.39 $21.83 $45,400
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.59 0.78 $18.20 $37,850
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,160 0.69 0.91 $20.54 $42,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,150 0.90 1.19 $16.97 $35,290
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,020 1.04 1.38 $19.59 $40,750




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocean City, NJ 90 2.60 3.43 $17.17 $35,700
Morristown, TN 110 2.41 3.19 $12.66 $26,330
Rochester, MN 210 2.17 2.87 $20.16 $41,940
Dothan, AL 100 1.85 2.44 $13.33 $27,730
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 90 1.83 2.42 $12.35 $25,680
Wheeling, WV-OH 110 1.77 2.34 $13.29 $27,630
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 460 1.77 2.34 $14.39 $29,930
Anderson, SC 100 1.75 2.32 $14.82 $30,820
College Station-Bryan, TX 160 1.73 2.29 $14.64 $30,450
Anniston-Oxford, AL 80 1.73 2.28 $13.35 $27,760