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.
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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:
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: