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Police Lieutenant Salary

Nearly nine-tenths of Police Lieutenants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $45K to $121K per year, but median earnings come to around $76K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Police Lieutenants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,222 - $124,544
(Median)
$45K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,848
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90%

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$17.16 - $46.96
(Median)
$17
$30
$47
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,222 - $124,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
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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$44,966 - $121,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$17.16 - $46.96  
   
Overtime
$29.62 - $88.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,008  
   
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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$44,966 - $121,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $60K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $59K on average. On average, Police Lieutenants make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $82K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Police Lieutenant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$75,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

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
2%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%
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