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Salaries for 911 Operators in California

During the first quarter of 2013, the median statewide 911 operator salary in California was $56,135. Those in the top ten percent earned $77,580, but annual wages were noticeably different between counties. For instance, the highest paying area in California was the San Francisco Bay area where emergency dispatchers earned a median of $78,303.

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Salaries by county include:

Name of County
Median Salary
Los Angeles
$53509
San Diego
$48969
San Benito/Santa Clara
$70230
Santa Barbara
$66956
Fresno
$38521

Public safety dispatchers employed by the City of San Diego are paid on a 5-step plan:

Pay Scale
Dispatcher 1
Step A
$34140
Step B
$35916
Step C
$37608
Step D
$39300
Step E
$41160

San Diego also employs fire dispatchers and police dispatchers, although dispatcher 1 and dispatcher 2 work in all capacities (police, fire, medical, and public works):

Fire Dispatcher
Police Dispatcher
Minimum: $41388
Minimum: $45396
Maximum: $49968
Maximum: $54720

The career outlook for 911 dispatchers in California is much better than national estimates, which are 12% over 10 years. The overall projected growth for the state, according to the California Employment Development Department, is 14.3%. Yet, certain counties in California are seeing a much greater demand:  Imperial County (25%), Los Angeles County (17%), San Diego County (15.3%), Santa Barbara County (22.2%), and Sonoma County (18.2%).

Shown in the chart below are emergency dispatch salaries across the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
190
46830
Chico CA
40
48640
El Centro CA
30
40310
Fresno CA
200
39440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
840
51290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
1330
54210
Merced CA
50
51860
Napa CA
30
53760
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
510
64700
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
120
55390
Redding CA
70
45860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
770
47260
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
450
54750
Salinas CA
130
53170
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
580
50970
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
1190
69390
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division
680
72940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
340
70910
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
60
50810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
480
59280
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
60
66970
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
60
62840
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
90
60340
Stockton CA
70
64090
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
60
50020
Visalia-Porterville CA
90
43740
Yuba City CA
50
44370
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
50
50580
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
47850
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
40
Estimate Not Released
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
90
44730

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