The average pay for a Police Chief is $72,811 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
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$41,133 - $140,298
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MEDIAN: $72,811
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$13.35 - $33.77
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MEDIAN: $19.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,133 - $140,298  
   
Bonus
$51.06 - $5,872  
Total Pay (?
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$36,634 - $135,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$500$1K$1K
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $33.77  
   
Overtime
$24.83 - $1,293  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$1M$2M$3M
Bonus
$51.06 - $5,872  
   
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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$36,634 - $135,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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Job Description for Police Chief

A chief of police is the highest rank of a particular police department. This person gives a general direction to the department and is in charge of reducing crime in the area of assignment. The responsibilities of a chief of police on a day to day basis can include organizing events for the department, gathering, and planning a police response to random events that can occur, coming up with new policies and goals for the department, assigning hours to police offers, making sure that all police offers in the department are performing as they should be, working with the budget for the department, making arrests and writing tickets and citations, working with public relations to address the community when a crime happens, and following all rules under the law.

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Police Chief Tasks

  • Oversee police department, including training, hiring, and policy creation.
  • Manage the budget, including bargaining, negotiations, and tracking software for expenditures.
  • Communicate with the public, the media, and local groups.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Chief

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Police Chief Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Police Chief?

Police Chief in Pauma Valley:
"Benefits, retirement, health."
Look at all of the variables before you make any decision, and there are at least three sides to any story.

Police Chief in Cleveland:
"How quickly things change."
Prepare for the low moments and the changes that could happen with-in your organization; due to transition. Talk with employees to stay abreast of office talk and try and stay a step a head. Reward your staff; and treat them. Like adults.

Key Stats for Police Chief

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
064
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
65%
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Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$69,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
65%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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