The average pay for a Police Chief is $71,282 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Police Chief Total Pay (?
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$36,197 - $121,882
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MEDIAN: $71,281
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Police Chief Total Pay (?
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$11.60 - $30.25
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,197 - $121,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,013  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $31,500  
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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$34,741 - $120,961  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $30.25  
   
Overtime
$16.99 - $68.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $31,500  
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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$34,741 - $120,961  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Police Chief
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$67,000
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 25%
Entry-Level
up arrow 32%
Job Satisfaction
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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 116 votes.
Gender
Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni
Years of Experience
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
61%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 10%
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