Police Chief Salary

Police Chiefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under nine in ten of Police Chiefs. Salaries average out to around $69K per year and spread from $35K to $124K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Police Chiefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,954 - $125,642
(Median)
$39K
$69K
$130K
MEDIAN: $68,538
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50%
90%

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$11.88 - $31.33
(Median)
$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,954 - $125,642  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$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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$35,184 - $124,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $31.33  
   
Overtime
$17.34 - $85.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$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).
)
$35,184 - $124,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $52K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $48K. Police Chiefs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Police Chiefs who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $74K.

Police Chief Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

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Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$65,000

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
63%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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