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Salaries for 911 Operators in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has reported a median 911 dispatcher salary in MN of $47,590, which is an hourly rate of $22.88. The Department also reports 911 operators in the top 25% earning $55,515 and $61,235 in the top 10%. Given that the national median estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor is $36,300, the median among 911 dispatchers in Minnesota is actually 24% higher.

The seven-county metro area is the most lucrative for 911 operators where the median is $51,833, only 0.5% higher than in Minneapolis. Furthermore, the occupational outlook is expected to be more favorable in the seventy-county metro area at 14.5%, compared to 12.5% nationally.

Dispatchers working for the City of Minneapolis have a 7-step salary schedule:

Salary Step
911 Operator
Step 1
$42117
Step 2
$44341
Step 3
$46677
Step 4
$49125
Step 5
$51710
Step 6
$54433
Step 7
$57283

In Saint Paul, 911 operators work at the Ramsey County Emergency Communication Center, but some dispatch for the Fire Department and others for the Police Department:

Fire Dispatcher – Emergency Communications Center

  • Minimum: $50,731.20
  • Maximum: $68,337.62

Police Dispatcher – Emergency Communications Center

  • Minimum: $47,497.32
  • Maximum: $63,983.66

Emergency Communications Center Shift Supervisor

  • Minimum: $56,931.68
  • Maximum: $76,839.88

The chart below details 911 dispatch salaries in Minnesota by city:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
70
45410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
750
50840
Rochester MN
220
42550
St. Cloud MN
50
45420
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
80
40540
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
40
42960
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
90
40530

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