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Police Sergeant Salary

Over four-fifths of Police Sergeants in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $39K to $108K per year, but median earnings come to around $69K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Police Sergeants report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,646 - $107,168
(Median)
$40K
$69K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,533
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90%

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$17.26 - $48.42
(Median)
$17
$27
$48
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,646 - $107,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
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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$38,904 - $107,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.26 - $48.42  
   
Overtime
$26.09 - $77.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
   
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).
)
$38,904 - $107,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208

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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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $54K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Police Sergeants make a median salary of $63K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings 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 18%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 6%