Police Chief Salary (United States)

Police Chiefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to nine-tenths have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $67,189 annually, but may range from $35,212 to $122,304 per year. The greater part enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Police Chief Salary (?
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$37,462 - $123,500
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $70,454
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Police Chief Salary (?
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$11.63 - $30.20
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,462 - $123,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,735  
Total Pay (?
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$35,212 - $122,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 398
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$16.91 - $82.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,735  
   
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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$35,212 - $122,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Police Chief

  • 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.
Police Chiefs generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $48K to $50K after five to 10 years in the field. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $57K. Wages continue to improve for Police Chiefs after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $77K.
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Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$67,000
Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
63%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 12%