Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
95,630 1.0 % $19.23 $40,000 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.67 $14.39 $18.27 $23.28 $28.73
Annual Wage (2) $24,270 $29,940 $38,010 $48,420 $59,770


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) 76,620 1.43 $19.25 $40,050
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,680 2.35 $17.88 $37,200
State Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.27 $21.58 $44,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,860 0.06 $18.28 $38,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,710 0.03 $17.27 $35,920

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 6,680 2.35 $17.88 $37,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 76,620 1.43 $19.25 $40,050
State Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.27 $21.58 $44,890
Other Support Services 330 0.11 $15.36 $31,940
Investigation and Security Services 760 0.09 $16.45 $34,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $25.64 $53,320
Business Support Services 620 0.07 $23.07 $47,990
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 60 0.03 $22.76 $47,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $21.95 $45,660
State Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.27 $21.58 $44,890


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 7,820 0.68 0.97 $16.91 $35,180
California 7,170 0.46 0.67 $27.47 $57,140
Florida 6,110 0.77 1.11 $18.86 $39,220
Ohio 4,160 0.79 1.14 $19.28 $40,100
New Jersey 4,140 1.06 1.53 $21.20 $44,090



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)
Mississippi 1,470 1.33 1.92 $12.13 $25,230
Maine 740 1.25 1.81 $18.65 $38,800
New Hampshire 790 1.24 1.79 $19.93 $41,450
Alabama 2,320 1.23 1.78 $15.71 $32,680
West Virginia 850 1.20 1.73 $13.04 $27,130



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.29 $28.82 $59,950
Nevada 600 0.49 0.70 $27.77 $57,760
California 7,170 0.46 0.67 $27.47 $57,140
Washington 1,720 0.58 0.83 $26.00 $54,090
Oregon 860 0.49 0.71 $25.85 $53,770




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,710 0.42 0.60 $20.90 $43,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.55 0.79 $25.05 $52,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,430 0.49 0.70 $17.28 $35,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.57 0.82 $18.60 $38,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,190 0.48 0.69 $16.41 $34,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.28 0.40 $26.05 $54,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.45 0.66 $23.32 $48,510
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,080 0.80 1.15 $26.40 $54,920
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.81 1.17 $24.51 $50,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,010 0.54 0.77 $22.72 $47,260