Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
96,390 1.0 % $18.95 $39,410 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.44 $14.14 $17.99 $22.85 $28.30
Annual Wage (2) $23,790 $29,400 $37,410 $47,520 $58,870


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) 78,120 1.47 $18.97 $39,460
State Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.27 $21.31 $44,330
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 5,850 2.10 $17.38 $36,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,750 0.06 $17.97 $37,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,300 0.02 $16.80 $34,940

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 5,850 2.10 $17.38 $36,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 78,120 1.47 $18.97 $39,460
State Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.27 $21.31 $44,330
Other Support Services 450 0.15 $18.21 $37,880
Investigation and Security Services 1,080 0.13 $15.87 $33,010

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 $25.00 $51,990
Business Support Services 790 0.09 $23.16 $48,160
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 50 0.02 $22.41 $46,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.01 $22.03 $45,830
State Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.27 $21.31 $44,330


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 7,370 0.66 0.92 $16.26 $33,830
California 7,010 0.46 0.65 $27.80 $57,820
Florida 5,940 0.78 1.09 $18.80 $39,100
New York 5,200 0.59 0.83 $21.31 $44,320
Ohio 4,170 0.80 1.12 $18.88 $39,280



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 1,550 1.41 1.98 $11.98 $24,910
West Virginia 920 1.30 1.82 $12.50 $26,000
Alabama 2,350 1.27 1.78 $14.95 $31,100
Maine 710 1.21 1.70 $18.18 $37,820
Oklahoma 1,740 1.10 1.54 $14.77 $30,720



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 130 0.19 0.27 $29.77 $61,920
California 7,010 0.46 0.65 $27.80 $57,820
Nevada 640 0.54 0.75 $26.41 $54,930
Oregon 870 0.52 0.72 $25.74 $53,550
Washington 1,940 0.67 0.94 $25.55 $53,150




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 2,650 0.49 0.69 $21.29 $44,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.53 0.74 $23.98 $49,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,310 0.46 0.65 $16.64 $34,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.58 0.82 $18.20 $37,860
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,200 0.67 0.93 $21.67 $45,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,190 0.50 0.70 $16.19 $33,680
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,100 0.60 0.84 $22.22 $46,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.46 0.64 $22.69 $47,200
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.09 1.52 $21.36 $44,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.86 1.20 $23.03 $47,900