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Other names for this job might include Aircraft Dispatcher, Airplane Dispatch Clerk, Alarm Operator, Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher, Auto Service Dispatcher, Automobile or Truck Rental Dispatcher, Burglar Alarm Operator, Bus and Trolley Dispatcher, Bus Starter, Cab Starter

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How Much Do Dispatchers Make In 2018

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Average salary

Annual salary
$41190 per year
Hourly wage
$19.800 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Dispatchers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Dispatchers is $41190. Their salary can also be as low as $23260 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $63420 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $19.800 and can range from $11.180 to $30.490 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Dispatcher will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Dispatchers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of C.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$30.490$63420
Senior (Top 25%)$23.850$49600
Middle (Mid 50%)$18.240$37940
Junior (Bottom 25%)$14.040$29200
No experience (Bottom 10%)$11.180$23260

Entry-level Dispatchers who starts out at $29200 can expect to make $37940 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $11.180 per hour while the top 10% makes over $30.490 per hour.

While the median wage is $37940 per annum or $18.240 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Natural Gas Distribution30.7563960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing30.6263700
Basic Chemical Manufacturing28.8760040
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations28.5459370
Postal Service (federal government)27.7357670
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing27.6557510
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations26.8255780
Rail Transportation26.7455620
Metal Ore Mining26.1554400
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations25.2552520
Oil and Gas Extraction24.8251630
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation24.5751110
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors24.5451030
Chemical Manufacturing23.8949690
Support Activities for Water Transportation23.8749650
Dairy Product Manufacturing23.8249540
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers23.3548580
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution23.148040
Water Transportation23.0247880
Inland Water Transportation22.8547530
Other Specialty Trade Contractors22.6847170
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers22.647000
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil22.5146820
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing22.4946780
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing22.4146600
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals22.2646300
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction22.0745910
Federal, State, and Local Government21.9145570
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service21.9145570
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing21.7745290
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing21.6545030
Roofing Contractors21.5844890
Local government, including schools and hospitals21.5744870
Scientific Research and Development Services21.5244760
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences21.5244760
Coal Mining21.3844460
Pipeline Transportation21.2844260
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing21.2244130
Freight Transportation Arrangement21.244090
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service21.1543990
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction21.1343950
Nonresidential Building Construction21.1243930
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers20.9943660
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services20.9743620
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers20.9643590
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing20.9443550
Specialized Freight Trucking20.943460
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers20.8843440
Mining (except Oil and Gas)20.8843430
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing20.8843430
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers20.8743420
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing20.7743210
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing20.7543160
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers20.6442920
Support Activities for Mining20.5142650
Couriers and Express Delivery Services20.542640
Offices of Physicians20.4642550
Machinery Manufacturing20.4342500
Gasoline Stations20.4242470
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers20.442440
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors20.3742370
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods20.3742370
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned20.3242270
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers20.3142230
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction20.342220
Utility System Construction20.2942190
Truck Transportation20.2542110
Automobile Dealers20.2242050
Beverage Manufacturing20.1841970
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing20.1441880
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers20.1241860
Federal government, including the US Postal Service20.1241840
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing20.0641730
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing20.0641730
General Freight Trucking20.0241640
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores20.0141630
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing2041590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals2041590
Couriers and Messengers19.9841570
Federal Executive Branch19.9441470
Nonscheduled Air Transportation19.9341450
Rental and Leasing Services19.941400
Urban Transit Systems19.8941360
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers19.8541300
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying19.8341240
Paper Manufacturing19.7941150
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)19.7741120
Warehousing and Storage19.7341040
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing19.740980
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas19.6940960
Support Activities for Rail Transportation19.6940950
Construction of Buildings19.6840940
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers19.6840930
Building Material and Supplies Dealers19.6740900
Management of Companies and Enterprises19.6640900
Wholesale Trade19.6440850
Waste Collection19.6240820
Facilities Support Services19.5940760
Building Finishing Contractors19.5940740
Direct Selling Establishments19.5740700
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers19.5540660
Air Transportation19.5440640
Drywall and Insulation Contractors19.5340610
Nonstore Retailers19.5140570
Landscaping Services19.440350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services19.3940330
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers19.340130
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers19.2740090
Masonry Contractors19.2740070
Scheduled Air Transportation19.2640060
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance19.2440020
School and Employee Bus Transportation19.1639860
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods19.1539840
Waste Treatment and Disposal19.1239770
General Rental Centers19.1139750
Wood Product Manufacturing19.139730
Transportation and Warehousing19.0939720
All industries19.0939710
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services19.0939710
Ambulance Services19.0839690
Engineering Services19.0739670
Computer Systems Design and Related Services19.0339590
Waste Management and Remediation Services19.0139550
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers18.9939490
Miscellaneous Manufacturing18.9839480
Local Messengers and Local Delivery18.9239350
All industries, private ownership only18.9139320
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services18.939300
Retail Trade18.8539210
Specialty Trade Contractors18.8439200
Water, Sewage and Other Systems18.7939080
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers18.7639030
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting18.7538990
Residential Building Construction18.7338950
Other Building Equipment Contractors18.7238940
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses18.6938880
Other Telecommunications18.6938880
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills18.6638820
Support Activities for Crop Production18.6638810
Home Furnishings Stores18.6138700
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance18.638680
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors18.5438570
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores18.4938460
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry18.4738430
Furniture Stores18.4738420
Wired Telecommunications Carriers18.4338330
Consumer Goods Rental18.4238320
Support Activities for Transportation18.3838230
Lessors of Real Estate18.3338130
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.3138090
State government, including schools and hospitals18.338060
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing18.338050
Plastics Product Manufacturing18.2437940
Ambulatory Health Care Services18.2337920
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing18.2237900
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions18.2237890
Building Equipment Contractors18.1937830
Broadcasting (except Internet)18.1737800
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)18.1737800
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction18.1437740
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned18.1537740
Cable and Other Subscription Programming18.1337720
Office Administrative Services18.1237690
Home Health Care Services18.0537540
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing18.0437520
Publishing Industries (except Internet)18.0437520
Primary Metal Manufacturing18.0437510
Food Manufacturing18.0237490
Educational Services, Local government owned18.0237490
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water18.0137450
Outpatient Care Centers17.9837400
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors17.9737380
Real Estate17.9437310
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers17.9237270
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land17.9237270
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing17.937240
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)17.8837180
Legal Services17.8437100
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation17.837030
Junior colleges, Local government owned17.7436910
Other Food Manufacturing17.7136840
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing17.736820
Services to Buildings and Dwellings17.6136640
Health and Personal Care Stores17.5636520
Activities Related to Real Estate17.4936380
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers17.4736340
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)17.4436270
Pharmacies and Drug Stores17.4236240
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned17.4136220
Other Wood Product Manufacturing17.3836160
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services17.3936160
Employment Services17.3736130
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing17.3336040
Support Activities for Air Transportation17.3236030
Vocational Rehabilitation Services17.3136010
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)17.2735920
Food Services and Drinking Places17.2735910
Special Food Services17.2735910
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services17.2335830
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services17.235770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned17.1135590
Other Support Activities for Transportation17.135570
Animal Slaughtering and Processing17.0935540
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.0535460
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation1735360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)16.9735310
Hospitals, State government owned16.9135170
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services16.8635060
Testing Laboratories16.8134970
Animal Food Manufacturing16.7534850
Hospitals, Privately owned16.7134770
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.7134750
Repair and Maintenance16.6834700
Electronics and Appliance Stores16.6334580
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores16.634520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned16.634520
Exterminating and Pest Control Services16.5934500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.5834500
Finance and Insurance16.5834480
Other Support Services16.5834480
Casino Hotels16.5334370
Educational Services, State government owned16.534320
Educational Services, Privately owned16.534320
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities16.4934300
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.4834280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services16.4734250
Charter Bus Industry16.4634230
Insurance Carriers16.4634230
Administrative and Support Services16.4534220
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned16.4534220
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers16.434120
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.3834070
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories16.3333970
Hospitals, Local government owned16.3233950
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services16.133490
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services16.0733420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned16.0333350
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance15.9933260
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services15.9433150
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair15.8833030
Miscellaneous Store Retailers15.8733020
Investigation and Security Services15.7832830
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned15.7432740
Security Systems Services15.6932640
Social Assistance15.4732180
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation15.4432110
Business Support Services15.4232080
Accommodation and Food Services15.3431910
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation15.3331880
Gambling Industries15.2631730
Junior colleges, State government owned15.2231660
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance15.2231660
Social Advocacy Organizations15.1631520
Telephone Call Centers15.1231440
Traveler Accommodation15.1131430
Individual and Family Services15.131400
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries15.0331270
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers14.9931170
Newspaper Publishers14.9931170
Automotive Repair and Maintenance14.9431070
Amusement Parks and Arcades14.8830940
Support Activities for Road Transportation14.8330840
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)14.7830740
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly14.7530680
Other Personal Services14.7330630
Personal and Laundry Services14.6330430
Used Merchandise Stores14.6230410
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation14.5830320
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities14.4330020
General Merchandise Stores14.429940
Department Stores14.429940
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers14.2529640
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores14.1729470
Taxi and Limousine Service14.0329190
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities14.0329190
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance14.0129130
Food and Beverage Stores13.8528810
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other13.3627790
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)12.2325440
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned12.2325440
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)12.1525270
Death Care Services12.0425040
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services1224950

Not all industries pay the same for Dispatchers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Dispatcher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like ND doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at ND may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Dispatchers are in the states of ND, AK, NY, WA and IL. The average salary in ND is $48700.

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Rank: C
Salary: $47590

They coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.
Rank: C+
Salary: $43960

They expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals, and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.
Rank: C
Salary: $33890

They interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints.
Rank: C
Salary: $32230

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Rank: D
Salary: $22180

They accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests’ accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

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