Police Lieutenants in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about nine-tenths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $120K per year, median earnings come to $78K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Police Lieutenants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,908 - $122,439
(Median)
$50K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,288
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50%
90%

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$16.22 - $45.39
(Median)
$16
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,908 - $122,439  
   
Bonus
$587 - $9,804  
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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$48,121 - $120,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$16.22 - $45.39  
   
Overtime
$29.78 - $95.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$587 - $9,804  
   
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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$48,121 - $120,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Police Lieutenants see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $83K.

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Experience Affects Police Lieutenant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$75,000

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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