Dispatchers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as dispatchers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since dispatchers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where dispatchers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for dispatchers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s dispatchers:
So there you have it — Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, And Ambulance is the best of the best when it comes to being a dispatcher.
How did Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, And Ambulance end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for dispatchers and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for dispatchers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well dispatchers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for dispatchers in California is $42,420 and the average salary in Illinois is $49,280, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for dispatchers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for dispatchers.
Total Jobs: 950
Average Annual Salary: $52,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,580
Average Experienced Salary: $84,820
Location Quotient: 1.59
Total Jobs: 4,370
Average Annual Salary: $42,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,310
Average Experienced Salary: $66,290
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 1,390
Average Annual Salary: $42,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,110
Average Experienced Salary: $60,280
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 4,280
Average Annual Salary: $48,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,830
Average Experienced Salary: $75,960
Location Quotient: 0.99
Total Jobs: 4,140
Average Annual Salary: $44,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,130
Average Experienced Salary: $64,940
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 1,710
Average Annual Salary: $41,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,840
Average Experienced Salary: $66,400
Location Quotient: 0.88
Total Jobs: 7,090
Average Annual Salary: $49,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,620
Average Experienced Salary: $74,460
Location Quotient: 0.85
Total Jobs: 20,230
Average Annual Salary: $39,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,680
Average Experienced Salary: $60,440
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 860
Average Annual Salary: $40,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,290
Average Experienced Salary: $66,960
Location Quotient: 0.92
Total Jobs: 1,620
Average Annual Salary: $44,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,770
Average Experienced Salary: $66,050
Location Quotient: 0.75
If you’re looking to start out your career as a dispatcher these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a dispatcher in America: