Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
95,450 0.8 % $20.20 $42,020 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.46 $15.24 $19.06 $24.21 $30.13
Annual Wage (2) $25,920 $31,700 $39,640 $50,370 $62,680


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) 77,330 1.42 $20.25 $42,120
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,050 2.03 $18.49 $38,460
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,680 0.26 $22.75 $47,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,170 0.07 $19.29 $40,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,140 0.04 $18.14 $37,740

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 6,050 2.03 $18.49 $38,460
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 77,330 1.42 $20.25 $42,120
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,680 0.26 $22.75 $47,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,170 0.07 $19.29 $40,120
Junior Colleges 360 0.05 $17.40 $36,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $23.59 $49,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,680 0.26 $22.75 $47,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 90 0.04 $22.09 $45,940
Investigation and Security Services 280 0.03 $21.23 $44,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 77,330 1.42 $20.25 $42,120


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 7,670 0.65 0.96 $18.45 $38,380
California 6,600 0.40 0.59 $29.63 $61,620
Florida 6,120 0.73 1.09 $19.53 $40,630
New Jersey 4,140 1.03 1.54 $22.13 $46,030
Ohio 4,070 0.76 1.13 $20.60 $42,840




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 2,730 1.42 2.12 $15.53 $32,300
Mississippi 1,440 1.29 1.92 $12.49 $25,980
West Virginia 810 1.17 1.75 $14.77 $30,710
Maine 700 1.17 1.75 $19.60 $40,770
New Mexico 890 1.12 1.67 $17.20 $35,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,600 0.40 0.59 $29.63 $61,620
District of Columbia 180 0.25 0.37 $29.57 $61,500
Nevada 600 0.45 0.68 $27.97 $58,190
Washington 1,690 0.53 0.79 $26.87 $55,890
Oregon 950 0.52 0.78 $26.28 $54,650



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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 2,630 0.39 0.59 $21.95 $45,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.49 0.73 $26.58 $55,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,350 0.46 0.69 $19.67 $40,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,210 0.46 0.69 $17.32 $36,030
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.88 1.31 $24.54 $51,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.44 0.65 $24.57 $51,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.43 0.64 $20.82 $43,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,030 0.52 0.78 $23.27 $48,410
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,000 0.55 0.81 $25.51 $53,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.22 0.33 $29.26 $60,850


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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)
The Villages, FL 60 2.44 3.65 $14.61 $30,390
Gadsden, AL 80 2.37 3.54 $14.32 $29,790
Hinesville, GA 40 2.12 3.16 $13.27 $27,590
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 90 1.85 2.76 $17.73 $36,870
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 60 1.82 2.72 $22.46 $46,710
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 80 1.79 2.67 $16.08 $33,440
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 120 1.69 2.53 $18.69 $38,880
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 120 1.68 2.51 $17.65 $36,720
Wheeling, WV-OH 100 1.62 2.42 $15.30 $31,830
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 200 1.61 2.41 $21.85 $45,440