Police Lieutenant Salary

With approximately nine-tenths of Police Lieutenants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Police Lieutenants is $77K per year and can range from $45K on the lower end to $122K per year near the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Police Lieutenants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$46,401 - $124,738
(Median)
$46K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,592
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$16.74 - $46.15
(Median)
$17
$29
$46
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,401 - $124,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
Total Pay (?
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$45,431 - $122,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $46.15  
   
Overtime
$30.05 - $88.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
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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$45,431 - $122,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Job Description for Police Lieutenant

A police lieutenant is a law enforcement officer who typically has a number of supervisory responsibilities within a department. Generally, the lieutenant serves as a shift supervisor and handles scheduling responsibilities for shifts that conform with precinct regulations. These lieutenants oversee proper procedures for booking and holding of arrested persons and are also expected to assure and assist with progress in ongoing investigations. They must be available to assist officers in the station and in the field when situations warrant escalation to a superior.

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Police Lieutenant Tasks

  • Assist in forecasting and administering budget processes.
  • Attend and contribute to department meetings, and aid in the development and implementation of department goals and objectives.
  • Supervise day to day operations of a section, shift or division of detectives, sergeants and officers.
  • Manage, motivate, train, evaluate and discipline team; schedule and prioritize weapons, firearms and other training activities.
  • Supervise and participate in the daily care and maintenance of station, supplies, equipment and grounds.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Lieutenant

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


For many Police Lieutenants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $51K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $57K. Police Lieutenants see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $82K.

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Experience Affects Police Lieutenant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$75,000

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 24%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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