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Salaries for 911 Operators in Virginia

The Virginia Labor Market Information site reports entry-level and median salaries for 911 operators in Virginia of $26,170 and $34,200 respectively. Those who are considered experienced, however, are reported to average $40,568. The Virginia Labor Market Information site reports Arlington as the best paying area in the state for 911 operators. According to Arlington County, 911 operators are recognized as Emergency Communications Technician and are assigned three rank levels. Their salary is as follows:

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  • Emergency Communications Technician I
    • Minimum: $35,692.80
    • Maximum: $58,011.20
  • Emergency Communications Technician II
    • Minimum: $39,062.40
    • Maximum: $63,523.20
  • Emergency Communications Technician III
    • Minimum: $46,571.20
    • Maximum: $75,670.40

The 2nd best paying city in the state, according to the Virginia Labor Market Information site, is Richmond with a median salary of $35,569. The salary schedule for 911 operators working for the City of Richmond is shown here:

  • Communications Officer I
    • Minimum: $31,855
    • Maximum: $51,635
  • Communications Officer II
    • Minimum: $36,375
    • Maximum: $59,749
  • Communications Officer Supervisor
    • Minimum: $46,238
    • Maximum: $75,948

For 911 dispatchers working in Chesapeake, their salary schedule looks like this:

  • Dispatcher I
    • Minimum: $31,819
    • Midpoint: $40,569
    • Maximum: $49,319
  • Dispatcher II
    • Minimum: $32,599
    • Midpoint: $41,563.50
    • Maximum: $50,528

Additional salary data regarding 911 dispatchers in Virginia is provided in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
70
30640
Charlottesville VA
110
33600
Danville VA
50
31070
Harrisonburg VA
50
31870
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
120
27200
Lynchburg VA
110
31740
Richmond VA
510
35290
Roanoke VA
130
34750
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
580
33980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
1000
44430
Winchester VA-WV
Estimate Not Released
35560
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
220
26800
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
80
30030
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
240
32940

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