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