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Police Chief Salary

Just under nine in ten of Police Chiefs in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $35K to $119K per year, and the average comes out to $68K per year. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Most Police Chiefs report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$37,033 - $120,799
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37K
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120K
MEDIAN: $68,400
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$11.66 - $29.59
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,033 - $120,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,146  
Total Pay (?
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$34,907 - $119,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $81.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,146  
   
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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$34,907 - $119,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.


For many Police Chiefs, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $45K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $49K. Police Chiefs bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $73K.

Experience Affects Police Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$65,000

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 25%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
61%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 13%