Police Lieutenant Salary

The majority of Police Lieutenants in the United States — nearly nine in ten — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $45K to $119K per year, and the median is $76K per year. Geography and experience level 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 a majority. For the most part, Police Lieutenants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,311 - $122,103

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$16.89 - $47.09

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,311 - $122,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,025  
Total Pay (?
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$44,851 - $119,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $47.09  
   
Overtime
$28.85 - $82.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,025  
   
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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$44,851 - $119,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 earns $57K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $57K. Police Lieutenants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $71K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $82K.

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Experience Affects Police Lieutenant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$75,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 24%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%
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