Police Chiefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under nine in ten of Police Chiefs. Pay fluctuates from $36K to $134K per year, but expected earnings average $72K per year. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Police Chiefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,415 - $138,609
(Median)
$40K
$72K
$140K
MEDIAN: $71,897
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$13.35 - $30.97
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,415 - $138,609  
   
Bonus
$50.68 - $19,727  
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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$36,243 - $134,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $30.97  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $86.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$50.68 - $19,727  
   
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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$36,243 - $134,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Chief

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $52K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $82K.

Police Chief Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

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Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$68,000

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
64%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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