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Salaries for 911 Operators in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, through its Ohio Labor Market Information portal, reports a median 911 dispatcher salary in OH of $34,425. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports those in the top 25% averaging $44,630 and those in the top ten percent averaging $49,070.

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Because salary typically fluctuates between cities, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services also looks at the median salary of 911 dispatchers by city and region:

  • Columbus MSA: $37,462
  • Toledo MSA: $36,031
  • Cincinnati MSA: $35,970
  • Cleveland, Elyria, Mentor MSA: $36,305
  • Akron MSA: $35,096
  • Dayton MSA: $37,524

Of interest is the fact that 911 dispatchers are among the occupations listed on the “High Employment Prospects in Ohio” list. This means that 911 dispatchers are earning a wage which exceeds the statewide median of all occupations combined in addition to having at least 100 job openings annually.

Emergency operators working for the City of Columbus are paid as follows:

Police Communications Technician

  • Pay Range 25: $35,505 to $50,668
  • Pay Range 26: $36,462 to $51,854
  • Pay Range 27: $37,523 to $53,081

Emergency dispatchers employed by the City of Cincinnati are differentiated between those who dispatch for the Police Department and those who dispatch for the Fire Department:

Emergency Dispatcher Positions
Minimum Salary
Operator and Dispatcher (Police)
$46970.09
Assistant Operator and Dispatcher (Police)
$39338.95
Fire Alarm Operator and Dispatcher
$46970.09
Assistant Fire Alarm Operator and Dispatcher
$39338.95
Emergency Services Dispatch Supervisor
$47681.63

Shown in the table below are 911 dispatcher salaries throughout Ohio:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
330
38830
Canton-Massillon OH
150
32160
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
570
39040
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
990
40610
Columbus OH
480
40710
Dayton OH
290
41140
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
140
26440
Mansfield OH
40
34330
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna WV-OH
60
32380
Springfield OH
Estimate Not Released
35600
Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV
50
27110
Toledo OH
280
39710
Wheeling WV-OH
90
28280
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
220
30880
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
210
32830
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area
300
31440
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
100
33300
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
290
33810

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