A Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer earns an average salary of $49,297 per year.

$32,028 - $81,383
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,297
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90%

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$11.96 - $30.44
(Median)
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,028 - $81,383  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $7,179  
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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$29,948 - $81,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $30.44  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $59.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $7,179  
   
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).
)
$29,948 - $81,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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 39%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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