Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary

A Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer earns an average salary of $45,196 per year.

$30,598 - $77,878
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$78K
MEDIAN: $45,195
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$11.61 - $30.29
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,598 - $77,878  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,311  
Profit Sharing
$5,100  
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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$28,460 - $77,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $30.29  
   
Overtime
$20.23 - $58.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,311  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,100  
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).
)
$28,460 - $77,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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Job Description for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer

Police patrol officers must complete a training program known as the "police academy" before beginning work. A degree is often preferred but not required, and different states and departments tend to have different requirements.

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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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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