Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary

The average salary for a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is $44,934 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$29,213 - $76,503
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$77K
MEDIAN: $44,933
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$11.52 - $32.57
(Median)
$12
$19
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,213 - $76,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
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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$26,566 - $77,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 614
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $32.57  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $57.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
   
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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$26,566 - $77,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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Job Description for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer

Police officers can work at a local, state, or federal agency. They work indoors and outdoors, day or night.

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Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Tasks

  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer

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

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Experience Affects Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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