Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
95,170 0.9 % $19.74 $41,070 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.07 $14.82 $18.69 $23.83 $29.46
Annual Wage (2) $25,100 $30,830 $38,870 $49,570 $61,270


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) 76,810 1.43 $19.80 $41,170
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,200 2.15 $18.33 $38,120
State Government (OES Designation) 5,900 0.27 $22.15 $46,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,100 0.07 $18.98 $39,470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,000 0.04 $17.60 $36,600

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 6,200 2.15 $18.33 $38,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 76,810 1.43 $19.80 $41,170
State Government (OES Designation) 5,900 0.27 $22.15 $46,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,100 0.07 $18.98 $39,470
Investigation and Security Services 480 0.05 $17.67 $36,750

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 $25.86 $53,790
State Government (OES Designation) 5,900 0.27 $22.15 $46,070
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 70 0.03 $21.83 $45,410
Offices of Physicians 90 (7) $21.67 $45,070
Local Government (OES Designation) 76,810 1.43 $19.80 $41,170


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 7,530 0.64 0.95 $17.70 $36,820
California 6,680 0.42 0.62 $28.87 $60,040
Florida 6,120 0.74 1.10 $19.23 $39,990
Ohio 4,250 0.80 1.17 $20.09 $41,800
New Jersey 4,190 1.06 1.56 $21.69 $45,110




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 2,540 1.33 1.96 $15.42 $32,080
West Virginia 900 1.29 1.90 $13.89 $28,900
Mississippi 1,400 1.25 1.84 $12.28 $25,550
Maine 700 1.18 1.74 $19.14 $39,800
New Hampshire 730 1.14 1.68 $20.45 $42,540




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 150 0.21 0.31 $29.35 $61,050
California 6,680 0.42 0.62 $28.87 $60,040
Nevada 620 0.49 0.72 $27.84 $57,910
Oregon 850 0.47 0.70 $26.30 $54,710
Washington 1,420 0.46 0.68 $26.26 $54,630





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 2,720 0.41 0.61 $21.45 $44,620
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.48 0.71 $27.05 $56,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,290 0.44 0.65 $18.65 $38,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,280 0.50 0.74 $16.69 $34,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.46 0.69 $23.72 $49,350
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.85 1.25 $24.50 $50,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,090 0.56 0.83 $22.72 $47,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.43 0.63 $20.13 $41,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.24 0.35 $28.15 $58,540
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,000 0.56 0.82 $23.57 $49,020