The average pay for 911 dispatch operators is $15.97 an hour, as of 2015. The pay range is typically $12 to $23 an hour, which is around $24,947 to $54,659. Pay varies depending on the dispatcher's experience level. Overtime rates for 911 dispatchers range from $17.29 to $42.02 per hour.
Although requirements vary by location, most 911 dispatchers begin working in the profession without any formal education or training beyond high school. Many employers offer on-the-job training for successful candidates, although some employers may give preference to candidates with associate degrees or vocational certificates in emergency response or related programs.