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CDA Salary and Benefits Information

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The base starting pay for a Communications Operator is $21.00 per hour up to $23.37 per hour, based upon experience. Time and a half is paid for all hours worked over 40 per week. Employees also receive a “Flexbucks” allowance of $178.67 per month, which can be applied toward insurance premiums or taken as additional salary.

Merit Increases

Employees are evaluated annually. Merit pay raises may be awarded based on performance.


Full-time employees work 12 hour shifts – 6 a.m to 6 p.m and 6 p.m to 6 a.m. All employees may be required to work overtime depending upon current staffing levels. Part-time employees must work a minimum of 20 hours per week but not more than 29 hours per week.


  • Personal leave: 10 hours earned monthly
  • Sick leave: 4 hours earned monthly. After two years, employees are also eligible for 1200 hours of catastrophic leave for use in the case of extended illness or disability.
  • Holiday leave: 10 paid holidays per year; generally, holidays are scheduled workdays.


Uniforms are provided at successful completion of classroom training.


The CDA offers two group health care insurance options to choose from and pays for a portion of the premium as well. The CDA also provides life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance at 1x base pay rate, and the employee may buy supplemental coverage. Other optional insurance plans available include dental, vision and legal.