The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis, reports an average monthly wage of $3,748 among 911 dispatchers in Alaska, which is an annual salary of $44,976. Alaskans in this field also made comparatively more than their counterparts nationally with a median wage of $21.97 per hour compared to $17.45 nationally. Furthermore, 911 operators in Alaska earning in the 90th percentile raked in $28.32 per hour.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 12% job growth rate between 2010 and 2020, and one factor affecting job growth in Alaska is the age of the workforce. About 22% of Alaska’s 911 operators are over the age of 50. So, as these professionals approach retirement age, the rate of replacement is likely to increase over the coming years.
In Anchorage, 911 dispatchers are recognized as communications clerks and are paid as follows:
Communications Clerk II
- Minimum/Starting: $45,323.20
- Maximum: $71,011.20
Communications Clerk III
- Minimum/Starting: $66,788.80
- Maximum: $79,476.80
In the City and Borough of Juneau, emergency dispatchers start out making $23.48 per hour and can gradually earn up to $36.70. Lead dispatchers are given a starting hourly wage of $24.99 and can work up to $39.05.
The salaries for 911 operators in Alaska are shown here: