The 10 Best States For Dispatchers In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Nebraska
  2. North Dakota
  3. Missouri
  4. Indiana
  5. Washington
  6. Texas
  7. Illinois
  8. Kansas
  9. Iowa
  10. Utah

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:

How we determined the best states to be a dispatcher

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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 $45,370 and the average salary in Illinois is $46,270, 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.

1. Nebraska

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,260
Average Annual Salary: $58,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,900
Average Experienced Salary: $93,580
Location Quotient: 1.67

2. North Dakota

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 970
Average Annual Salary: $57,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,640
Average Experienced Salary: $89,420
Location Quotient: 1.68

3. Missouri

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,510
Average Annual Salary: $44,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,460
Average Experienced Salary: $65,980
Location Quotient: 1.17

4. Indiana

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,850
Average Annual Salary: $43,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,150
Average Experienced Salary: $70,360
Location Quotient: 1.15

5. Washington

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,360
Average Annual Salary: $50,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,890
Average Experienced Salary: $76,560
Location Quotient: 0.97

6. Texas

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 22,240
Average Annual Salary: $41,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,540
Average Experienced Salary: $61,250
Location Quotient: 1.33

7. Illinois

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,750
Average Annual Salary: $46,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,850
Average Experienced Salary: $73,620
Location Quotient: 0.82

8. Kansas

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $41,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,030
Average Experienced Salary: $63,580
Location Quotient: 0.97

9. Iowa

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,700
Average Annual Salary: $44,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,380
Average Experienced Salary: $65,550
Location Quotient: 0.8

10. Utah

Best States For Dispatchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,760
Average Annual Salary: $44,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,630
Average Experienced Salary: $64,450
Location Quotient: 0.87

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Dispatcher

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:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. California

Detailed List Of The Best States For dispatchers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Nebraska $58,030 $30,900 2,260
2 North Dakota $57,140 $33,640 970
3 Missouri $44,150 $26,460 4,510
4 Indiana $43,920 $24,150 4,850
5 Washington $50,760 $30,890 4,360
6 Texas $41,440 $24,540 22,240
7 Illinois $46,270 $25,850 6,750
8 Kansas $41,240 $24,030 1,850
9 Iowa $44,660 $26,380 1,700
10 Utah $44,320 $27,630 1,760
11 Minnesota $45,520 $29,030 4,250
12 Michigan $40,870 $23,290 5,580
13 Wisconsin $43,130 $26,650 4,080
14 Delaware $45,760 $32,190 640
15 Oklahoma $39,320 $22,480 2,280
16 New Mexico $43,720 $25,030 900
17 Tennessee $38,690 $22,060 5,090
18 Mississippi $40,370 $22,180 1,270
19 Georgia $39,250 $25,390 5,590
20 Ohio $42,150 $23,300 7,170
21 Alaska $52,950 $33,860 610
22 Kentucky $38,470 $22,320 2,980
23 Alabama $38,980 $21,730 2,840
24 South Carolina $43,010 $24,690 2,200
25 Wyoming $43,320 $21,840 250
26 Colorado $43,980 $27,110 3,240
27 Arkansas $36,490 $20,820 1,720
28 Louisiana $38,780 $21,410 3,720
29 Pennsylvania $41,630 $24,630 7,340
30 Nevada $39,200 $24,080 2,350
31 Maine $40,860 $26,850 1,150
32 North Carolina $39,920 $23,410 4,620
33 Oregon $44,510 $27,300 2,870
34 New York $48,570 $24,160 13,520
35 West Virginia $41,050 $22,620 650
36 Connecticut $47,820 $27,330 2,710
37 Virginia $41,140 $23,470 5,230
38 Arizona $38,970 $24,340 3,480
39 Vermont $42,820 $29,990 400
40 New Jersey $43,720 $23,290 6,010
41 Idaho $37,220 $21,320 760
42 Montana $39,170 $19,670 570
43 Florida $35,930 $21,720 11,320
44 Rhode Island $44,120 $31,570 290
45 New Hampshire $43,720 $27,560 590
46 Maryland $41,790 $23,500 3,390
47 Hawaii $43,080 $26,760 910
48 California $45,370 $25,540 21,130
49 Massachusetts $46,020 $28,270 4,040
50 South Dakota $34,190 $24,190 400
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