With nearly 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 $42K to $101K per year and averages out to $67K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Police Sergeants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,028 - $101,371
$44K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,175
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$18.37 - $42.02
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MEDIAN: $25.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,028 - $101,371  
   
Bonus
$582 - $15,319  
Total Pay (?
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$41,876 - $101,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 327
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.37 - $42.02  
   
Overtime
$32.41 - $75.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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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$41,876 - $101,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 130

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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

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $57K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $70K.

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
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Police Sergeant Salaries


National Average
$63,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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