The majority of Police Sergeants in the United States — around four in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $42K to $102K per year, and the median is $68K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,732 - $103,234
(Median)
$45K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,601
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$18.25 - $43.44
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$18
$26
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,732 - $103,234  
   
Bonus
$578 - $15,456  
Total Pay (?
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$42,498 - $102,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $43.44  
   
Overtime
$32.42 - $73.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$578 - $15,456  
   
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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$42,498 - $102,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $57K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Police Sergeants make a median salary of $63K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $71K.

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
$63,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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