Police Lieutenant Salary

Nearly 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 $45K to $122K per year, but median earnings come to around $77K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Police Lieutenants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,401 - $124,738
(Median)
$46K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,592
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50%
90%

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$16.74 - $46.15
(Median)
$17
$29
$46
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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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 (?
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: 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.


Police Lieutenants generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $51K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $57K. Police Lieutenants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $71K. 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 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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