Police Chief Salary (United States)

Police Chiefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than three-quarters of Police Chiefs in the United States. Pay fluctuates from $35,212 to $122,304 per year, but expected earnings average $67,189 per year. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Police Chief Salary (?
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$37,462 - $123,500
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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.
Experience is important when determining pay for Police Chiefs. Pay increases are minimal for Police Chiefs just starting out. Salaries only go from $48K to $50K after a decade. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $57K. Police Chiefs experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $77K.

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%
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