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Police Officer Salary (United States)

A Police Officer earns an average salary of $47,643 per year.
Police Officer Salary (?
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$31,172 - $81,722
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $47,642
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Police Officer Salary (?
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$12.73 - $34.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,172 - $81,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $764  
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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$30,398 - $81,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,494
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.73 - $34.06  
   
Overtime
$20.16 - $58.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $764  
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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$30,398 - $81,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 668
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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.

Common Career Paths for Police Officer

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Officer

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Phoenix
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Philadelphia
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Baltimore
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Pittsburgh
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Seattle
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National Average
$47,000
St. Louis
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Charlotte
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Police Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Police Officer?
Police Officer in Portland:
"Being A Police Officer Is The Best Job In The World."
Pros: Working with great, motivated people. Fast-paced, exciting career. Diverse work days, every day.
Cons: Unnecessary calls for service.
Police Officer in Oak Grove:
"Good Cop, Bad Cop."
Pros: Contrary to what I answered earlier, I actually really love my profession as a police officer. I however strongly dislike my employer, since I have been with my unit, they seem to enjoy adding misery and stress to our already stressful environment, and that makes me very dissatisfied with the way a military police company chain of command is supposed to work.

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Experience Affects Police Officer Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Police Officer Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%
Law Enforcement
0%
Problem Solving
0%
Leadership
0%
National Average
$47,000
People Management
up arrow 1%
Training
up arrow 4%
Spanish Language
up arrow 4%
Criminal
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 366 votes.

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: 62% employee benefits None: 7%