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Salaries for 911 Operators in Indiana

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports an average 911 dispatcher salary in IN of $31,770. The U.S Department of Labor reports similar statistics but also reports 911 dispatchers in the 75th percentile earning $36,880 and those in the 90th percentile earning $41,860.

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The salary figures provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development do show gradual yearly increases:

  • 2012 – $31,770
  • 2011 – $31,250
  • 2010 – $31,300
  • 2009 – $30,780
  • 2008 – $30,060

In Fort Wayne, dispatchers are employed as part of the Consolidated Communications Partnership (CCP) and receive a starting wage of $15.50 per hour, or $32,240 per year. According to occupational statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Fort Wayne is actually one of the highest paying areas in the state. The average salary for dispatchers working in Fort Wayne is $38,350, nearly 16% above the starting salary offered. For dispatchers with more experience, those in the top ten percent are noted to average $47,800, which is about 32.5% above those at the starting wage.

It is also important to note that Indiana is one of the few states with certification requirements for 911 operators. In December of 2009, a state law was enacted which now requires certification of 911 operators. The Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission is responsible for overseeing these requirements.

Salaries among emergency dispatchers throughout Indiana include:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington IN
Estimate Not Released
32280
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
570
39040
Elkhart-Goshen IN
40
36540
Evansville IN-KY
50
33620
Fort Wayne IN
120
38350
Gary IN Metropolitan Division
460
30580
Indianapolis-Carmel IN
580
34190
Kokomo IN
40
33280
Lafayette IN
50
34480
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
380
35540
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
100
32720
Terre Haute IN
60
28680

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