A Police Officer earns an average salary of $47,855 per year. A skill in Patrol is associated with high pay for this job.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced.
Police Officer Total Pay (?
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$30,793 - $80,961
(Median)
31K
39K
48K
63K
81K
MEDIAN: $47,854
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Police Officer Total Pay (?
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$12.75 - $34.16
(Median)
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20
27
34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,793 - $80,961  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,540  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $801  
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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$30,143 - $80,732  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,587
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $34.16  
   
Overtime
$19.89 - $58.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,540  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $801  
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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$30,143 - $80,732  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,587
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Job Description for Police Officer
A police officer is part of one of the three areas of our criminal justice system. Members of the police force are responsible for enforcing the law. An officer will patrol neighborhoods to deter criminal activity as well as monitor any threat to public safety. A police officer will respond to incidents and complaints reported to the police department, document interactions with suspects, victims, and witnesses, and collect evidence at the scene of the crime. Police officers arrest offenders and suspects, collect evidence from them, and testify in court about cases in which they were involved. A member of the police force will also work with the community to coordinate community service events and outreach programs and to offer educational services to the neighborhoods the officer patrols. A police officer must complete the police academy training program, and quite often a certificate or degree in a criminal justice program is required. People applying to join the police force must pass a strict background check including their criminal history, driving record, and credit reports, in order to ensure that all members of the police force are upstanding members of society who will be a good fit with the community. A police officer must be in and remain in good physical condition, as the job may sometimes require strenuous physical activity. Hours for the position vary and are subject to changes based on the availability of other employees, and quite often a police officer will work night shifts and weekends.
Police Officer Tasks
  • Arrest offenders and suspects, collect evidence, and testify about cases.
  • Respond to incidents and complaints, document interactions, and collect evidence.
  • Patrol neighborhoods to prevent and stop crimes and threats to safety.
  • Coordinate community work and outreach and offer educational services.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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Los Angeles
up arrow 27%
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Philadelphia
up arrow 15%
Dallas
up arrow 10%
Charlotte
up arrow 8%
Miami
up arrow 7%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 7%
National Average
$47,000
St. Louis
up arrow 4%
Atlanta
up arrow 12%
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Experience Affects Police Officer Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Police Officer Salaries

Patrol
up arrow 26%
Criminal
up arrow 5%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%
Problem Solving
0%
National Average
$47,000
People Management
up arrow 2%
Law Enforcement
up arrow 6%
Emergency Response
up arrow 9%
Leadership
up arrow 16%
Customer Service
up arrow 26%
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Gender
Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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