Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
96,860 1.0 % $18.73 $38,960 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.46 $14.01 $17.81 $22.54 $27.90
Annual Wage (2) $23,830 $29,140 $37,040 $46,890 $58,020


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) 78,340 1.43 $18.77 $39,030
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 5,940 2.19 $16.60 $34,540
State Government (OES Designation) 5,780 0.26 $20.98 $43,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,660 0.06 $17.30 $35,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,420 0.03 $16.64 $34,610

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 5,940 2.19 $16.60 $34,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 78,340 1.43 $18.77 $39,030
State Government (OES Designation) 5,780 0.26 $20.98 $43,640
Other Support Services 560 0.19 $17.91 $37,240
Investigation and Security Services 1,210 0.15 $17.56 $36,530

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 $27.50 $57,210
Business Support Services 770 0.09 $23.79 $49,480
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 50 0.02 $23.10 $48,060
State Government (OES Designation) 5,780 0.26 $20.98 $43,640
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $20.70 $43,050


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 7,550 0.69 0.95 $16.18 $33,650
California 6,880 0.47 0.64 $27.41 $57,020
Florida 6,010 0.81 1.10 $18.62 $38,740
New York 5,270 0.61 0.84 $20.87 $43,420
Ohio 4,210 0.82 1.12 $18.42 $38,320




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 1,560 1.44 1.97 $11.69 $24,320
Alabama 2,440 1.32 1.81 $14.56 $30,280
Maine 710 1.21 1.66 $18.01 $37,460
New Hampshire 720 1.15 1.58 $19.01 $39,550
Arkansas 1,320 1.15 1.57 $12.09 $25,140




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 140 0.21 0.29 $28.30 $58,860
California 6,880 0.47 0.64 $27.41 $57,020
Nevada 610 0.53 0.72 $26.20 $54,490
Washington 2,170 0.77 1.05 $25.36 $52,740
Oregon 950 0.58 0.80 $25.00 $51,990





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 2,470 0.47 0.64 $21.26 $44,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.60 0.82 $24.10 $50,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.69 0.95 $18.30 $38,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,270 0.46 0.63 $16.79 $34,920
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,200 0.69 0.94 $21.30 $44,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,190 0.52 0.71 $15.73 $32,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,150 0.65 0.89 $21.80 $45,340
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.92 1.26 $22.49 $46,770
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,060 1.08 1.49 $20.93 $43,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.43 0.59 $21.89 $45,530