Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
97,740 0.9 % $17.74 $36,900 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.73 $13.38 $17.00 $21.34 $26.13
Annual Wage (2) $22,310 $27,830 $35,370 $44,390 $54,350


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) 81,870 1.46 $17.88 $37,190
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 6,070 2.41 $15.79 $32,840
State Government (OES Designation) 4,760 0.21 $19.59 $40,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,470 0.05 $16.51 $34,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,400 0.03 $15.57 $32,380

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 6,070 2.41 $15.79 $32,840
Local Government (OES Designation) 81,870 1.46 $17.88 $37,190
State Government (OES Designation) 4,760 0.21 $19.59 $40,750
Other Support Services 170 0.06 $15.49 $32,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,470 0.05 $16.51 $34,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $19.90 $41,390
State Government (OES Designation) 4,760 0.21 $19.59 $40,750
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) (8) (8) $19.54 $40,650
Elementary and Secondary Schools 80 (7) $18.03 $37,490
Local Government (OES Designation) 81,870 1.46 $17.88 $37,190


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 7,340 0.73 0.95 $15.42 $32,060
California 6,490 0.46 0.60 $26.08 $54,240
Florida 6,330 0.89 1.16 $18.30 $38,070
New York 5,490 0.66 0.85 $19.65 $40,870
Ohio 4,220 0.86 1.12 $17.89 $37,210




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 2,760 1.53 1.99 $13.41 $27,890
Wyoming 350 1.31 1.70 $17.50 $36,390
New Hampshire 740 1.22 1.59 $18.04 $37,530
Mississippi 1,290 1.20 1.57 $11.75 $24,450
Nebraska 1,070 1.19 1.54 $14.40 $29,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,490 0.46 0.60 $26.08 $54,240
Nevada 620 0.55 0.72 $25.15 $52,300
Oregon 970 0.62 0.80 $22.38 $46,550
Washington 1,660 0.62 0.80 $22.12 $46,020
Illinois 3,860 0.70 0.91 $21.97 $45,700

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.59 0.77 $24.52 $51,000
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,550 0.71 0.92 $16.21 $33,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,440 0.58 0.75 $16.71 $34,750
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,350 1.12 1.46 $21.32 $44,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.69 0.89 $18.41 $38,290
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,160 0.70 0.91 $20.12 $41,850
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,140 0.91 1.18 $16.70 $34,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.48 0.62 $23.21 $48,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.54 0.70 $17.89 $37,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,030 0.61 0.80 $20.73 $43,130




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)
Ocean City, NJ 130 3.32 4.31 $17.22 $35,810
Dothan, AL 120 2.23 2.90 $12.45 $25,910
Morristown, TN 90 2.06 2.68 $12.69 $26,400
Gadsden, AL 70 2.00 2.59 $12.39 $25,770
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 100 1.90 2.47 $13.02 $27,080
Anniston-Oxford, AL 90 1.90 2.46 $13.15 $27,360
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 30 1.87 2.43 $12.74 $26,490
Burlington, NC 100 1.86 2.42 $13.48 $28,030
Clarksville, TN-KY 140 1.84 2.39 $14.67 $30,510
Anderson, SC 100 1.84 2.39 $14.73 $30,640




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 500 0.59 0.76 $35.93 $74,740
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.41 0.54 $31.72 $65,970
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 80 0.68 0.88 $30.75 $63,950
Stockton, CA 90 0.47 0.61 $29.67 $61,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.44 0.58 $29.25 $60,840
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.32 $58,910
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.25 $58,750
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 40 0.39 0.51 $27.98 $58,200
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 430 0.53 0.68 $26.94 $56,030
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 400 0.42 0.54 $26.66 $55,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 690 1.81 2.36 $12.80 $26,620
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.74 2.27 $12.37 $25,730
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 390 3.11 4.05 $12.29 $25,570
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 370 1.44 1.87 $15.96 $33,190
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 370 1.35 1.75 $12.53 $26,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 390 3.11 4.05 $12.29 $25,570
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 250 2.98 3.87 $10.92 $22,710
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 2.73 3.55 $13.06 $27,170
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 70 2.68 3.48 $15.81 $32,880
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 330 2.67 3.47 $13.33 $27,720

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 1.43 $22.22 $46,210
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 1.13 1.46 $22.13 $46,040
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 1.18 $21.82 $45,390
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 0.97 $21.38 $44,470
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 0.78 $20.26 $42,140


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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