Truck driver dispatchers create and manage schedules for service vehicles used for the transportation of goods. This involves keeping accurate records of the logs they receive from drivers, as well as monitoring and controlling their performance. According to a report by the Department of Labor, dispatchers usually have a high school degree education and learn the skills they need on the job. Therefore, the wages of a truck driver dispatcher will usually vary depending on the industry, geographic location and seniority instead of being based on a worker's particular education level.
According to a 2010 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a dispatcher not working for the police was $34,560. This figure is based on a $16.62 hourly wage and full-time employment of 2,080 hours a year. However, the mean hourly wage for a dispatcher, according to the same report, was $18 an hour.
A May 2010 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the wages of a dispatcher ranged from $21,030 a year for the 10th percentile to $28.18 for the 90th percentile. The bottom 25th percentile earned $26,690 and the 75th percentile $45,430. According to the same survey, there were an estimated 180,540 dispatchers employed in the United States.
Wages by Industry
The non-governmental industries that account for the highest levels of employment for truck dispatchers are general freight trucking, with 24,040 job positions, and building equipment contractors, with 10,580 jobs, according to a 2010 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The same survey reported the top paying industries for truck dispatchers were the scientific research and development services, which paid a mean hourly wage of $28.07, and the natural gas distribution sector, which paid an hourly mean wage of $27.07.
The states which offer the highest wages for dispatchers are Delaware, Connecticut and Wyoming, according to a 2010 report by the Department of Labor. Delaware businesses paid in 2010 an hourly mean wage of $20,68. Companies in Connecticut paid an average of $20.64 an hour and Wyoming averaged $20.32 an hour. The same survey reported the states with the highest levels of employment were California and Texas, although the state with the highest concentration of dispatchers was Louisiana, with 2.53 dispatcher positions for every thousand jobs.
Andrew Latham has worked as a professional copywriter since 2005 and is the owner of LanguageVox, a Spanish and English language services provider. His work has been published in "Property News" and on the San Francisco Chronicle's website, SFGate. Latham holds a Bachelor of Science in English and a diploma in linguistics from Open University.