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Police Sergeant Salary

Police Sergeants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than four-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $67K per year on average but can range from $39K to $108K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$39,525 - $107,168
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MEDIAN: $67,321
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$17.24 - $48.52
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,525 - $107,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Total Pay (?
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$38,631 - $107,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.24 - $48.52  
   
Overtime
$25.27 - $77.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$38,631 - $107,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $51K. Police Sergeants bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $77K.

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.

Experience Affects Police Sergeant Salaries


National Average
$65,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 6%