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Salaries for 911 Operators in Iowa

Average salaries for 911 operators in Iowa have been reported by the Iowa Workforce Information Network to range, on average, between $28,130 (starting salary) and $42,255 (experienced salary), which is a variance of 33%. The median salary, however, is $36,787 with the average being $37,546.

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The City of Des Moines employees their 911 operators as Public Safety Dispatchers, and they are paid follows:

Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Minimum: $40,456
  • Maximum: $48,193.60

Senior Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Minimum: $44,241.60
  • Maximum: $52,811.20

Principal Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Minimum: $46,716.80
  • Maximum: $56,076.80

Similarly, the City of Cedar Rapids titles their 911 operators as Public Safety Telecommunicators, and there are three levels through which dispatchers can progress:

Job Title
Salary Range
Public Safety Dispatch Assistant Manager
$60902.40 - $83657.60
Public Safety Dispatch Manager
$70553.60 - $96824

The table here shows various emergency operator salaries throughout the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL
170
44390
Des Moines-West Des Moines IA
120
44200
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA
280
37800
Sioux City IA-NE-SD
40
28340
Waterloo-Cedar Falls IA
50
39520
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
120
31240
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
100
33310
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
90
31880
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
170
33920

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