The average pay for a Police Captain is $73,956 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Police Captain Total Pay (?
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$47,728 - $134,368
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MEDIAN: $73,956
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Police Captain Total Pay (?
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$17.53 - $79.46
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,728 - $134,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,957 - $134,368  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$17.53 - $79.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $64.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,957 - $134,368  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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Job Description for Police Captain
A police captain spends a great deal of time reading and completing paperwork. Preparing reports, reviewing the reports of subordinates, creating memos regarding open cases for other law enforcement agencies to review, and preparing work schedules and budgets for the department are all tasks that fall under the duties of a police captain.
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Police Captain Tasks
  • Study crime trends and use that information to adjust staffing strength, special forces deployment, assignments and policing priorities.
  • Maintain a positive team environment and foster positive relationships between the police force and citizens as well as other departments in local government.
  • Direct police department activities and ensure all work performed meets the standards of the Department and serves the needs of the city.
  • Review and investigate civilian complaints and disciplinary issues in the department.

Experience Affects Police Captain Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$74,000
Experienced
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 34 votes.
Gender
Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
61%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 4%
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