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Salaries for 911 Operators in Georgia

The Georgia Labor Market Explorer, which is part of the Georgia Department of Labor, finds that salaries for 911 operators in Georgia are often dependent upon geographic location and level of experience. For example, the mean salary among 911 operators statewide is $29,171.  Entry-level salary starts at $21,864, but those who fall into the experienced category average $32,824.

Forsyth County, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, is actually the highest paying area in the state for 911 dispatchers. In fact, even the entry-level salary in Forsyth County is nearly 24% higher than Georgia’s statewide average:

  • Entry Level: $28,755
  • Mean: $35,557
  • Experienced: $38,959

In Augusta, the starting salary is $26,855.08 and the maximum $44,951.14.

In Fulton County, which is the county seat of Atlanta, the Georgia Labor Market Explorer reveals the following 911 dispatcher salary figures:

  • Entry Level: $27,984
  • Mean: $34,701
  • Experienced: $38,060

Emergency dispatchers working for the City of Savannah are paid as follows:

  • Call Taker – 911 Center
    • Minimum: $26,651
    • Maximum: $40,037
  • Communications Officer – Fire Department
    • Minimum: $30,907
    • Maximum: $45,431

Additional salary information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics about 911 operators in Georgia is given in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany GA
70
24370
Athens-Clarke County GA
60
26620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
1230
32890
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
160
29480
Brunswick GA
50
26600
Chattanooga TN-GA
280
31860
Columbus GA-AL
120
28310
Dalton GA
70
28060
Macon GA
140
28190
Rome GA
50
27060
Savannah GA
110
28110
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
280
27100
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
200
25270
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
210
21700
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
310
23660

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