Police Sergeant Salary

With more than four-fifths of Police Sergeants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $106K per year and averages out to $69K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Police Sergeants report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$41,815 - $106,593
(Median)
$42K
$69K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,814
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$17.81 - $46.60
(Median)
$18
$26
$47
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,815 - $106,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,952  
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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$40,977 - $105,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.81 - $46.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$29.66 - $77.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,952  
   
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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$40,977 - $105,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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Job Description for Police Sergeant

Police sergeants are responsible for enforcing state, federal, and local law. They are in charge of supervising, training, and motivating the officers under their command. As with any job in law enforcement, a police sergeant's day-to-day tasks vary. Generally, though, police sergeants ensure that those under their command perform policing duties as assigned and oversee the scheduling of subordinates to ensure the department is fully staffed. They also complete necessary paperwork for their department, as well as review and approve subordinates' reports. These professionals must take orders from superior officers and ensure those officers' decisions are enacted by lower-level officers. They also handle training for staff and oversee disciplinary measures as needed.

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Police Sergeant Tasks

  • Back up and support emergency and public safety situations.
  • Conduct roll call, equipment inventories, report reviews and staff evaluations.
  • Investigate and communicate about patrol activities, crimes and safety.
  • Assign tasks and oversee day-to-day operations to support the lieutenant.
  • Oversee volunteers and interact with the public.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Sergeant

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $55K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($54K) on average. On average, Police Sergeants make $65K following one to two decades on the job. Police Sergeants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $78K.

Police Sergeant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Police Sergeant in Erie:
"Be prepared for politics."
You should always do the right thing even when it's wrong. Always motivate your troops even if you have no motivation. Never give up hope that your superiors will make good decisions. Remember, you can be the best officer in the world and politics will promote some idiot over you. The idiot will then be your boss. Smile and drive on while looking for another job.

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Experience Affects Police Sergeant Salaries


National Average
$66,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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