Police Sergeant Salary

With over four-fifths of Police Sergeants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Police Sergeants is $67K annually and can range from $42K on the lower end to $102K per year near the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Police Sergeants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,891 - $102,626
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$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,574
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$18.48 - $41.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,891 - $102,626  
   
Bonus
$582 - $15,319  
Total Pay (?
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$41,959 - $101,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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Hourly Rate
$18.48 - $41.28  
   
Overtime
$31.28 - $73.36  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$582 - $15,319  
   
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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$41,959 - $101,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Sergeant

Pay by Experience for a Police Sergeant has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Sergeant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 30 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Sergeant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 94 salaries. An experienced Police Sergeant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 242 salaries. A Police Sergeant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,123

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Police Sergeants in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 70 percent above the national average. Police Sergeants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+54 percent), Baltimore (+38 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Charleston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent.

Police Sergeant Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Police Sergeant?

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.

Key Stats for Police Sergeant

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Police Sergeant Salaries

▲10%

National Average
$62,000

▼2%

Entry-Level
▼6%

Mid-Career
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 7%