Police Lieutenant Salary

Roughly nine in ten of Police Lieutenants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $120K per year, but median earnings come to around $78K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Police Lieutenants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,964 - $121,856
$50K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,925
10%
50%
90%

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$17.60 - $47.21
$18
$27
$47
MEDIAN: $27.14
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,964 - $121,856  
   
Bonus
$961 - $12,983  
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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$48,614 - $119,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$17.60 - $47.21  
   
Overtime
$30.52 - $94.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$961 - $12,983  
   
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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$48,614 - $119,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct all aspects of division during emergency, disaster and other crisis events.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Lieutenant

Pay by Experience for a Police Lieutenant has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Lieutenant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 15 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Lieutenant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Police Lieutenant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 156 salaries. A Police Lieutenant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 163 salaries.

Key Stats for Police Lieutenant

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Police Lieutenant Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

National Average
$75,000

Experienced
▼6%

Mid-Career
▼19%

Entry-Level
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 8%