These Are The 10 States With The Highest Dispatcher Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do dispatchers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for dispatchers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for dispatchers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for dispatchers after this adjustment? That would be Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, And Ambulance.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Illinois
  3. Iowa
  4. Missouri
  5. Washington
  6. Nebraska
  7. Kansas
  8. Wyoming
  9. Minnesota
  10. Michigan

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for dispatchers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $42420, so our index value would be:

$42,420 * (100 / 135.9) = $31,214

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for dispatchers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Dispatcher Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $52,826 $52,510 99.4
2 Illinois $52,093 $49,280 94.6
3 Iowa $48,769 $44,380 91.0
4 Missouri $46,736 $42,250 90.4
5 Washington $46,501 $48,920 105.2
6 Nebraska $46,211 $42,330 91.6
7 Kansas $45,839 $41,210 89.9
8 Wyoming $45,686 $41,940 91.8
9 Minnesota $44,375 $44,730 100.8
10 Michigan $44,325 $39,450 89.0
11 Indiana $44,234 $39,590 89.5
12 Alabama $44,221 $40,330 91.2
13 Utah $44,182 $41,090 93.0
14 Idaho $44,028 $40,550 92.1
15 Wisconsin $43,977 $42,570 96.8
16 Tennessee $43,847 $39,200 89.4
17 Texas $43,792 $39,720 90.7
18 Mississippi $43,550 $37,410 85.9
19 Oklahoma $42,735 $38,120 89.2
20 New Mexico $42,663 $41,170 96.5
21 Kentucky $42,629 $38,580 90.5
22 Georgia $42,527 $38,870 91.4
23 Colorado $42,466 $44,080 103.8
24 Ohio $41,897 $39,300 93.8
25 Arkansas $40,826 $35,560 87.1
26 North Carolina $40,255 $37,800 93.9
27 Montana $40,138 $40,460 100.8
28 Pennsylvania $39,684 $40,240 101.4
29 Delaware $39,605 $40,160 101.4
30 Louisiana $38,976 $36,950 94.8
31 West Virginia $38,907 $36,340 93.4
32 South Carolina $38,518 $38,210 99.2
33 Arizona $38,040 $37,280 98.0
34 Nevada $37,725 $38,970 103.3
35 Alaska $37,254 $48,840 131.1
36 Virginia $36,954 $37,250 100.8
37 New York $36,541 $47,870 131.0
38 Florida $36,398 $35,780 98.3
39 New Hampshire $35,769 $41,850 117.0
40 Maine $35,180 $38,980 110.8
41 Connecticut $34,980 $44,670 127.7
42 New Jersey $34,634 $42,220 121.9
43 Oregon $34,394 $39,760 115.6
44 Rhode Island $33,802 $40,800 120.7
45 Maryland $32,685 $41,020 125.5
46 Massachusetts $32,458 $43,300 133.4
47 Vermont $31,915 $38,650 121.1
48 California $31,214 $42,420 135.9
49 South Dakota $29,585 $30,680 103.7
50 Hawaii $25,735 $43,210 167.9
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