The average salary for a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is $45,757 per year.Pay goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Total Pay (?
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$29,947 - $78,180
(Median)
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46K
61K
78K
MEDIAN: $45,757
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Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Total Pay (?
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$11.55 - $32.69
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,947 - $78,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,050  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,400  
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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$28,476 - $77,900  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $32.69  
   
Overtime
$18.16 - $56.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,400  
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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$28,476 - $77,900  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,580
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
up arrow 54%
Washington
up arrow 21%
Tampa
up arrow 15%
Houston
up arrow 10%
National Average
$45,000
Jacksonville
up arrow 2%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Experience Affects Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%
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