Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
95,640 0.9 % $18.27 $38,010 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.15 $13.74 $17.45 $21.97 $27.20
Annual Wage (2) $23,190 $28,580 $36,300 $45,690 $56,580


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) 78,880 1.44 $18.44 $38,360
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,130 2.33 $15.95 $33,180
State Government (OES Designation) 4,720 0.21 $19.66 $40,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,590 0.05 $17.07 $35,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,400 0.03 $16.29 $33,880

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 6,130 2.33 $15.95 $33,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 78,880 1.44 $18.44 $38,360
State Government (OES Designation) 4,720 0.21 $19.66 $40,900
Other Support Services 490 0.17 $18.46 $38,410
Investigation and Security Services 880 0.11 $17.31 $36,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $19.91 $41,420
State Government (OES Designation) 4,720 0.21 $19.66 $40,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.02 $19.45 $40,460
Business Support Services 440 0.05 $19.22 $39,980
Other Support Services 490 0.17 $18.46 $38,410


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 7,080 0.67 0.91 $15.87 $33,010
California 6,420 0.45 0.61 $26.79 $55,720
Florida 6,060 0.83 1.14 $18.66 $38,800
New York 5,370 0.63 0.86 $20.51 $42,660
Ohio 4,260 0.84 1.15 $18.19 $37,840




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)
West Virginia 990 1.40 1.90 $12.15 $25,270
Mississippi 1,480 1.37 1.86 $11.71 $24,370
Alabama 2,430 1.33 1.81 $14.06 $29,230
Alaska 390 1.22 1.66 $21.62 $44,970
Wyoming 340 1.21 1.65 $18.06 $37,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,420 0.45 0.61 $26.79 $55,720
Nevada 650 0.58 0.79 $25.47 $52,980
Washington 1,650 0.60 0.81 $24.51 $50,990
Oregon 930 0.58 0.79 $24.07 $50,070
Minnesota 1,340 0.51 0.69 $22.69 $47,190





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 2,490 0.48 0.66 $20.65 $42,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,980 0.54 0.74 $24.22 $50,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.62 0.85 $18.22 $37,890
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,230 1.01 1.37 $21.46 $44,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,230 0.54 0.74 $15.81 $32,890
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,200 0.69 0.94 $21.15 $44,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,170 0.92 1.25 $16.78 $34,900
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.62 0.84 $18.67 $38,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,120 0.65 0.89 $21.09 $43,870
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,070 0.87 1.19 $22.39 $46,560