Dispatchers

Detailed Occupation

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2017 Workforce
286k
Average Age
40.9
Average Salary
$40,323
Average Male Salary
$45,376
Average Female Salary
$36,222

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Dispatchers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Dispatchers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Dispatchers, by average wage, is Metal ore mining. Dispatchers are paid most in Sullivan & Ulster (West) Counties PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Carr 156-Carr 164 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$40,323
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,267

In 2017, Dispatchers earned an average of $40,323, $15,631 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders make somewhat more than Dispatchers while Meter readers, utilities make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Dispatchers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.308
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Dispatchers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.308, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Dispatchers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Dispatchers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Dispatchers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Dispatchers, by average wage, are Metal ore mining, Pulp, paper, & paperboard mills , and Electric & gas, and other combinations.

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Industries by Share

286k
2017 Workforce
± 13,108
1.15%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.43%

The number of people employed as Dispatchers has been growing at a rate of 1.15%, from 282,384 people in 2016 to 285,626 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Dispatchers employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Dispatchers at  28.1%, followed by Truck transportation with 13.8% and Services incidental to transportation with 6.06%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Dispatchers in the US. The average age of male Dispatchers in the workforce is 41.5 and of female Dispatchers is 40.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Dispatchers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

128k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 8,778
158k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 9,744

55.2% of Dispatchers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Dispatchers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Dispatchers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

67.3% of Dispatchers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13% of Dispatchers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Dispatchers.

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Age by Sex

41.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.912
40.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.764

The median age of Dispatchers is 40.9, and Male employees are generally 1.09 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Dispatchers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Dispatchers is Business but a relatively high number of Dispatchers hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Dispatchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dispatchers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Dispatchers need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Speaking, and Service Orientation.

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