Browse Categories

Police Lieutenant Salary

Almost all of Police Lieutenants in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $44K to $122K per year, and the average comes out to $75K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Police Lieutenants report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$44,247 - $124,196
(Median)
$44K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,324
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$16.77 - $47.82
(Median)
$17
$33
$48
MEDIAN: $33.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,247 - $124,196  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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).
)
$43,549 - $121,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $47.82  
   
Overtime
$27.50 - $86.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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).
)
$43,549 - $121,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
United States (change)

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.

Read More...

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.

Police Lieutenant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Pay by Experience Level for Police Lieutenant

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $70K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $59K. Police Lieutenants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $81K.

Experience Affects Police Lieutenant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$75,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 3%