Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
95,020 0.9 % $20.81 $43,290 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.78 $15.73 $19.55 $24.75 $30.74
Annual Wage (2) $26,590 $32,710 $40,660 $51,480 $63,930


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 76,390 1.39 $20.93 $43,540
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 5,900 1.92 $18.68 $38,850
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,590 0.26 $23.39 $48,650
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,180 0.07 $19.83 $41,250
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,020 0.04 $18.59 $38,660

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 5,900 1.92 $18.68 $38,850
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 76,390 1.39 $20.93 $43,540
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,590 0.26 $23.39 $48,650
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,180 0.07 $19.83 $41,250
Junior Colleges 380 0.05 $18.94 $39,390

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 70 0.01 $27.57 $57,340
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 100 0.04 $25.24 $52,490
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,590 0.26 $23.39 $48,650
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 76,390 1.39 $20.93 $43,540
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,180 0.07 $19.83 $41,250


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 7,770 0.64 0.98 $18.62 $38,740
California 6,730 0.40 0.60 $31.51 $65,530
Florida 5,600 0.65 0.99 $20.34 $42,300
New York 5,450 0.58 0.88 $22.88 $47,600
Ohio 4,190 0.77 1.18 $21.39 $44,480




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)
Alabama 2,760 1.42 2.16 $15.52 $32,280
Mississippi 1,380 1.23 1.87 $12.95 $26,930
Montana 520 1.12 1.71 $18.90 $39,310
New Mexico 900 1.11 1.70 $17.60 $36,600
Maine 650 1.08 1.65 $19.67 $40,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,730 0.40 0.60 $31.51 $65,530
Alaska 300 0.96 1.46 $28.67 $59,640
Washington 1,590 0.49 0.74 $27.62 $57,440
Minnesota 1,280 0.45 0.68 $27.16 $56,490
Oregon 970 0.51 0.78 $27.03 $56,220





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,900 0.62 0.95 $23.23 $48,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,290 0.49 0.75 $26.20 $54,500
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,790 0.63 0.96 $22.05 $45,860
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,720 0.62 0.95 $24.52 $51,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,660 0.46 0.71 $20.62 $42,890
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,640 0.63 0.96 $25.62 $53,280
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,560 0.52 0.80 $20.05 $41,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,550 0.75 1.15 $20.38 $42,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,460 0.54 0.83 $17.54 $36,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,450 0.24 0.36 $31.04 $64,570