Police Sergeant Salary

Police Sergeants who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over four-fifths of Police Sergeants. Pay fluctuates from $40K to $106K per year, but expected earnings average $69K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position 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 rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,627 - $105,442

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$17.34 - $47.43

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Salary
$40,627 - $105,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,024  
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$40,011 - $106,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.34 - $47.43  
   
Overtime
$28.04 - $77.04  
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$0.00 - $5,024  
   
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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$40,011 - $106,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $54K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $53K. Police Sergeants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $78K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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
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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
46%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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