Ambulance dispatchers are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, ambulance dispatchers rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 27% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy ambulance dispatchers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Funeral director
3.2
$49k
Court reporter
3.0
$57k
Fire inspector
3.0
$65k
Dental assistant
3.0
$39k
Ambulance dispatcher
2.9
$47k
Probation officer
2.9
$60k
Medical administrative assistant
2.8
$37k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$61k
Registered nurse
2.7
$78k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are ambulance dispatchers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do ambulance dispatchers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as ambulance dispatchers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are ambulance dispatcher’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are ambulance dispatchers making the best use of their abilities?

Are ambulance dispatchers happy with their salary?

Ambulance dispatchers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Ambulance dispatchers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked ambulance dispatchers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

375 ambulance dispatchers

5 Star
11%

11% of ambulance dispatchers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of ambulance dispatchers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of ambulance dispatchers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of ambulance dispatchers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of ambulance dispatchers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do ambulance dispatchers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, ambulance dispatchers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked ambulance dispatchers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

373 ambulance dispatchers

5 Star
20%

20% of ambulance dispatchers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of ambulance dispatchers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of ambulance dispatchers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of ambulance dispatchers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of ambulance dispatchers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as ambulance dispatchers?

Ambulance dispatchers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of ambulance dispatchers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked ambulance dispatchers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

400 ambulance dispatchers

5 Star
34%

34% of ambulance dispatchers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of ambulance dispatchers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of ambulance dispatchers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of ambulance dispatchers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of ambulance dispatchers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an ambulance dispatcher’s work environment?

As a whole, ambulance dispatchers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.1/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked ambulance dispatchers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

401 ambulance dispatchers

5 Star
16%

16% of ambulance dispatchers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of ambulance dispatchers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of ambulance dispatchers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of ambulance dispatchers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of ambulance dispatchers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are ambulance dispatchers making the best use of their abilities?

Former ambulance dispatchers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most ambulance dispatchers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked ambulance dispatchers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

401 ambulance dispatchers

5 Star
15%

15% of ambulance dispatchers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of ambulance dispatchers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of ambulance dispatchers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of ambulance dispatchers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of ambulance dispatchers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars