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Police Chief Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Police Chief is $70,455 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
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 (?
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

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

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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%