Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary

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

$32,028 - $81,383
$32K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,297
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$11.96 - $30.44
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.25
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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).
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$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

  • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
  • 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.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.

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

Pay by Experience for a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 148 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 91 salaries. A Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 60 salaries.

Key Stats for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

Experienced
▲20%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼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%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%
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