Dispatchers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 1525  ยท  Browse All Occupations

Dispatchers operate radios and other telecommunication equipment to dispatch emergency vehicles and to co-ordinate the activities of drivers and other personnel. They are employed by police, fire and health departments, other emergency service agencies, taxi, delivery and courier services, trucking and utilities companies, and other commercial and industrial establishments.

Alternate Job Titles

  • 911 Dispatcher
  • Airline Radio Operator
  • Alarm System Dispatcher
  • Alarm System Operator
  • Ambulance Dispatcher
  • Boat Dispatcher
  • Car Assignments Clerk
  • Coal Mine Car Dispatcher
  • Communications Officer - Emergency Services
  • Communications Specialist Dispatcher
  • Drilling Rig Radio Operator
  • Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Emergency Services Dispatcher
  • Emergency Vehicle Dispatcher
  • Fire Alarm Operator
  • Fire Department Dispatcher
  • Gas Service Crew Dispatcher
  • Highway Radio-telephone Operator
  • Inbound/outbound Freight Co-ordinator
  • Mail Service Dispatcher
  • Maintenance Services Dispatcher
  • Mine Dispatcher
  • Mobile Equipment Dispatcher
  • Monitoring Station Operator
  • Motor Vehicle Dispatcher
  • Newspaper Dispatcher
  • Oil Well Service Dispatcher
  • Pilot Services Dispatcher
  • Plant Dispatcher
  • Police Department Dispatcher
  • Protective Signal Operator
  • Radio Dispatcher
  • Radio Operator
  • Radio-telephone Operator
  • Service Dispatcher
  • Taxi Dispatcher
  • Telecommunications Operator
  • Tow Truck Dispatcher
  • Troubleshooting Services Dispatcher
  • Truck Dispatcher
  • Tugboat Dispatcher
  • Utilities Maintenance Crew Dispatcher
  • Water Service Dispatcher
  • Yard Clerk
  • 911 Dispatcher
  • Alarm System Dispatcher
  • Ambulance Dispatcher
  • Emergency Vehicle Dispatcher
  • Inbound/outbound Freight Co-ordinator
  • Mobile Equipment Dispatcher
  • Radio Operator
  • Taxi Dispatcher
  • Tow Truck Dispatcher
  • Truck Dispatcher
  • Utilities Maintenance Crew Dispatcher
  • Dispatcher
  • Dispatch

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for dispatchers.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree $42,104
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $42,338
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $49,629
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $45,639
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level $33,308
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $33,454
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $40,908
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for dispatchers.

Gender Median Income
Male $40,908
Female $45,831
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (305 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for dispatchers.

$4,680.00
Lowest Observed
$90,000.00
Highest Observed
$40,000.00
25th Percentile
$47,383.65
Average
$47,775.00
Median
$52,000.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for dispatchers

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 255
25 to 34 years 900
35 to 44 years 915
45 to 54 years 820
55 to 64 years 330
65 to 74 years 65
75 years and over 0
Total 3,290
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for dispatchers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 1,240
Part Time 2,045
Total 3,285
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for dispatchers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 1,785
Female 1,505
Total 3,290
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for dispatchers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 2,975
Self Employed 315
Total 3,290
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for dispatchers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 3,135
Unemployed 155
Total 3,290
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for dispatchers. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 255
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 1,260
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 145
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 800
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 90
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 730
Total 3,285
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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