Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

43-5031 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

Receive complaints from public concerning crimes and police emergencies. Broadcast orders to police patrol units in vicinity of complaint to investigate. Operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment to receive reports of fires and medical emergencies and relay information or orders to proper officials.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
92,090 1.8 % $14.80 $30,780 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $11.25 $14.12 $17.54 $21.70
Annual Wage (2) $18,860 $23,390 $29,380 $36,480 $45,130

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 78,680 $14.93 $31,050
Other ambulatory health care services 4,480 $12.81 $26,650
State government (OES designation) 4,410 $15.91 $33,080
Colleges and universities 1,010 $13.67 $28,430
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,000 $12.94 $26,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elementary and secondary schools (7) $17.09 $35,550
State government (OES designation) 4,410 $15.91 $33,080
Local government (OES designation) 78,680 $14.93 $31,050
Wireless telecommunications carriers (7) $14.76 $30,700
Waste treatment and disposal 50 $14.00 $29,120

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
West Virginia 1,050 $9.78 $20,350 0.152%
Alabama 2,470 $11.08 $23,040 0.133%
Wyoming 320 $12.68 $26,380 0.130%
Oklahoma 1,800 $10.54 $21,930 0.125%
Tennessee 3,140 $12.92 $26,870 0.118%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 5,770 $21.81 $45,360 0.040%
Nevada 560 $21.29 $44,280 0.049%
Washington 1,250 $19.81 $41,200 0.048%
Alaska 260 $19.71 $41,010 0.088%
District of Columbia 130 $19.55 $40,650 0.021%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 180 $13.43 $27,930 0.205%
Cheyenne, WY MSA 80 $13.15 $27,360 0.204%
Casper, WY MSA 70 $10.18 $21,170 0.199%
Gary, IN PMSA 450 $11.65 $24,230 0.179%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 100 $11.22 $23,350 0.156%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 360 $29.79 $61,970 0.042%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 450 $27.94 $58,120 0.047%
Oakland, CA PMSA 720 $25.24 $52,500 0.072%
Orange County, CA PMSA 380 $23.64 $49,180 0.026%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 100 $22.74 $47,310 0.050%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimate not released.

All Office and Administrative Support Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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