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Salaries for 911 Operators in Tennessee

In Tennessee, the occupation of 911 dispatchers has been labeled by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development as a “regional high growth industry.” The occupation has also been placed into the “bright outlook statewide” category. This is reassuring for 911 operators in Tennessee since the occupational outlook nationwide is only following what is considered to be an average trend.

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According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, average salaries for 911 operators in Tennessee range between $23,530 at entry level and $35,550 at the experienced level. The median salary throughout the state, however, is $29,700.

For 911 dispatchers employed by the City of Nashville, there are 4 rank levels:

  • Emergency Telecommunications Officer 1
    • Minimum: $28,315.04
    • Maximum: $36,813.92
  • Emergency Telecommunications Officer 2
    • Minimum: $31,562.96
    • Maximum: $41,035.28
  • Emergency Telecommunications Officer 3
    • Minimum: $38,845.04
    • Maximum: $50,498.24
  • Emergency Telecommunications Officer 4
    • Minimum: $42,907.28
    • Maximum: $55,777.28

In addition, there are also the following trainer and managerial positions:

  • Emergency Telecommunications Trainer
    • Minimum: $47,249.28
    • Maximum: $61,420.32
  • Emergency Telecommunications Supervisor
    • Minimum: $51,912.64
    • Maximum: $67,487.68
  • Emergency Telecommunications Manager
    • Minimum: $62,218
    • Maximum: $87,362.08

The chart here includes salaries for 911 dispatchers across Tennessee, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Chattanooga TN-GA
280
31860
Clarksville TN-KY
100
32280
Jackson TN
80
29740
Johnson City TN
100
27170
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
120
27200
Knoxville TN
250
27510
Memphis TN-MS-AR
600
36260
Morristown TN
70
29880
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN
570
32870
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
120
27410
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
370
27870
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
190
27840
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
230
32170

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