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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 $70K annually, but may range from $35K to $122K per year. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Police Chiefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to 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 (?
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: 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.
For many Police Chiefs, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $48K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to ten years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $50K. Police Chiefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $74K.
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Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$67,000
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 25%
Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

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%