The 10 States With The Highest Dispatcher Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Nebraska
  2. North Dakota
  3. Iowa
  4. Indiana
  5. Illinois
  6. Missouri
  7. Washington
  8. Utah
  9. Wyoming
  10. Mississippi

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 2018 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 $45370, so our index value would be:

$45,370 * (100 / 135.9) = $33,384

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 Nebraska $63,351 $58,030 91.6
2 North Dakota $57,484 $57,140 99.4
3 Iowa $49,076 $44,660 91.0
4 Indiana $49,072 $43,920 89.5
5 Illinois $48,911 $46,270 94.6
6 Missouri $48,838 $44,150 90.4
7 Washington $48,250 $50,760 105.2
8 Utah $47,655 $44,320 93.0
9 Wyoming $47,189 $43,320 91.8
10 Mississippi $46,996 $40,370 85.9
11 Michigan $45,921 $40,870 89.0
12 Kansas $45,873 $41,240 89.9
13 Texas $45,689 $41,440 90.7
14 New Mexico $45,305 $43,720 96.5
15 Minnesota $45,158 $45,520 100.8
16 Delaware $45,128 $45,760 101.4
17 Ohio $44,936 $42,150 93.8
18 Wisconsin $44,555 $43,130 96.8
19 Oklahoma $44,080 $39,320 89.2
20 West Virginia $43,950 $41,050 93.4
21 South Carolina $43,356 $43,010 99.2
22 Tennessee $43,277 $38,690 89.4
23 Georgia $42,943 $39,250 91.4
24 Alabama $42,741 $38,980 91.2
25 North Carolina $42,513 $39,920 93.9
26 Kentucky $42,508 $38,470 90.5
27 Colorado $42,369 $43,980 103.8
28 Arkansas $41,894 $36,490 87.1
29 Pennsylvania $41,055 $41,630 101.4
30 Louisiana $40,907 $38,780 94.8
31 Virginia $40,813 $41,140 100.8
32 Idaho $40,412 $37,220 92.1
33 Alaska $40,389 $52,950 131.1
34 Arizona $39,765 $38,970 98.0
35 Montana $38,859 $39,170 100.8
36 Oregon $38,503 $44,510 115.6
37 Nevada $37,947 $39,200 103.3
38 Connecticut $37,447 $47,820 127.7
39 New Hampshire $37,367 $43,720 117.0
40 New York $37,076 $48,570 131.0
41 Maine $36,877 $40,860 110.8
42 Rhode Island $36,553 $44,120 120.7
43 Florida $36,551 $35,930 98.3
44 New Jersey $35,865 $43,720 121.9
45 Vermont $35,359 $42,820 121.1
46 Massachusetts $34,497 $46,020 133.4
47 California $33,384 $45,370 135.9
48 Maryland $33,298 $41,790 125.5
49 South Dakota $32,970 $34,190 103.7
50 Hawaii $25,658 $43,080 167.9
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