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Police Chief Salary

Police Chiefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nine in ten bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $70K per year on average but can range from $35K to $124K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,142 - $127,300
(Median)
$37K
$70K
$130K
MEDIAN: $70,011
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90%

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$11.70 - $30.37
(Median)
$12
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,142 - $127,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,215  
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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$35,030 - $124,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $30.37  
   
Overtime
$17.26 - $81.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,215  
   
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).
)
$35,030 - $124,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Police Chiefs. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $46K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $49K. Police Chiefs with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $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 13%

National Average
$66,000

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 25%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
63%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 12%
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