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Salaries for 911 Operators in Missouri

Salaries for 911 operators in Missouri are broken down into levels by entry, average, and experienced. The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, also known as MERIC, reports an average salary of $31,220 among 911 operators statewide. However, the range is pretty wide with those at entry level averaging $21,550 and those with more experience $36,050.

Emergency operators in St. Louis earn more than anywhere else in the state. In St. Louis, 911 operators have an average salary of $39,628, and that is roughly 21% more than the statewide average. Furthermore, those who fit into the “experienced” category average $43,763, which is 17.6% above the state’s average experienced-level salary.

Kansas City ranks as the 2nd highest paying area for 911 dispatchers in Missouri:

  • Entry: $24,915
  • Average: $36,791
  • Experienced: $42,729

St. Charles County is also recognized as one of the higher paying areas in the state for 911 operators:

  • Entry: $25,585
  • Average: $34,610
  • Experienced: $39,123

In Springfield, 911 dispatchers are titled as “calltakers” and “telecommunicators.” Telecommunicators generally have a little bit more experience than entry-level calltakers and are delegated with more responsibility:

911 Calltaker

  • Starting: $23,400
  • Maximum: $34,028.80

911 Telecommunicator

  • Starting: $27,934.40
  • Maximum: $39,145.60

911 Shift Supervisor

  • Starting: $33,550.40
  • Maximum: $46,696

Telecommunications Supervisor

  • Starting: $36,129.60
  • Maximum: $50,377.60

Additional salary statistics, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Girardeau-Jackson MO-IL
40
29850
Columbia MO
80
29560
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO
150
29920
Jefferson City MO
100
33160
Joplin MO
100
27110
Kansas City MO-KS
540
36140
St. Joseph MO-KS
70
32940
St. Louis MO-IL
1170
34900
Springfield MO
200
31240
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area
360
29070
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area
180
25050
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area
340
25020
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area
110
27820

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