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Salaries for 911 Operators in Louisiana

Statistics provided by the Louisiana Workforce Commission have shown that 911 dispatchers in Louisiana earn an average of $30,283 per year, which is $14.56 per hour. Those in the top 75th percentile, however, average roughly 15.6% more at $35,880. The Commission also provides statistics regarding salaries for 911 operators in Louisiana by city:

Salary Range
New Orleans
Shreveport
Mean Salary
$31031
$31692
75th Percentile
$35484
$37252

Looking at these figures, it is clear that the most lucrative area in Louisiana for 911 operators is Baton Rouge, and in fact, the mean salary in Baton Rouge is nearly 14% more than the statewide mean.

The City of New Orleans actually employs dispatchers at both the Fire Department and the Police Department, rather than a central location. The starting salaries are shown here:

  • Fire Alarm Dispatcher – Trainee/Recruit:  $26,807
  • Fire Alarm Dispatcher:  $36,119
  • Fire Alarm, Senior Dispatcher:  $26,807
  • Police Dispatcher – Trainee/Recruit:  $27,481
  • Police Dispatcher:  $34,368
  • Senior Police Dispatcher:  $38,914

Dispatchers working for the City of Baton Rouge are paid as follows:

Emergency Communications Officer

  • Minimum: $36,561
  • Maximum: $50,609

Emergency Communications Shift Supervisor

  • Minimum: $42,324
  • Maximum: $58,586

Additional salary figures are shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
380
35590
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
80
26580
Lafayette LA
60
31240
Lake Charles LA
50
30770
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
300
30960
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
80
34530
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
40
31360
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
170
26390
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
100
29920
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
200
22780

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