Police Chief Salary

Just under nine-tenths of Police Chiefs in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $38K to $135K per year, and the average comes out to $75K annually. The majority of Police Chiefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,363 - $137,618
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$75K
$140K
MEDIAN: $74,553
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$16.25 - $32.00
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MEDIAN: $19.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,363 - $137,618  
   
Bonus
$51.06 - $5,872  
Total Pay (?
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$37,880 - $134,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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Hourly Rate
$16.25 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$26.21 - $2,424  
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Bonus
$51.06 - $5,872  
   
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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$37,880 - $134,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • Oversee police department, including training, hiring, and policy creation.
  • Manage the budget, including bargaining, negotiations, and tracking software for expenditures.
  • Communicate with the public, the media, and local groups.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Chief

Pay by Experience for a Police Chief has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Chief with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Chief with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Police Chief which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 89 salaries. A Police Chief with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 186 salaries.

Police Chief Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Police Chief?

Police Chief in Pauma Valley:
"Benefits, retirement, health."
Look at all of the variables before you make any decision, and there are at least three sides to any story.

Police Chief in Cleveland:
"How quickly things change."
Prepare for the low moments and the changes that could happen with-in your organization; due to transition. Talk with employees to stay abreast of office talk and try and stay a step a head. Reward your staff; and treat them. Like adults.

Key Stats for Police Chief

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
64%
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Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

National Average
$70,000

Experienced
▼21%

Entry-Level
▼25%

Mid-Career
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
64%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 15%