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Salaries for 911 Operators in Arkansas

According to Discover Arkansas, the state’s labor market information portal, the 911 dispatcher salary in AR begins at $18,670. The mean is $24,760, and the experienced-level salary is $27,810.  While the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported an expected employment increase of 12% between 2010 and 2020, the outlook is much brighter in Arkansas. In fact, Discover Arkansas has labeled 911 operators/dispatchers as “InDemand,” which is a label given to occupations making the state’s Projected Employment Opportunities List. Perhaps the reason for this is that employment opportunities for emergency operators in Arkansas are projected to increase by 20.9% over the same time period, compared to 12% nationally.

In Little Rock, 911 operators are titled and salaried as:

  • Communications Call Taker: $27,265 to $41,988
  • Communications Dispatcher: $30,334 to $46,714
  • Communications Shift Supervisor: $30,809 to $47,446

In addition, emergency operators working in Fayetteville have the following opportunities:

  • Dispatcher I: $28,059.20 to $42,744
  • Dispatcher II: $30,929.60 to $47,132.80
  • Dispatcher III: $32,468.80 to $49,483.20
  • Dispatch Shift Supervisor: $39,457.60 to $60,153.60
  • Dispatch Manager: $53,976 to $82,264

Below are statewide salaries among 911 dispatchers in Arkansas:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO
150
29920
Fort Smith AR-OK
150
28190
Jonesboro AR
60
23440
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway AR
280
28120
Memphis TN-MS-AR
600
36260
Pine Bluff AR
40
21830
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
40
32550
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
110
24760
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
220
20540
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
220
21910
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
100
25190

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