For Policemans, annual average wages total $43K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Policemans — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Policemans (81 percent) who took the survey.
Job Description for Policeman
A policeman, or law enforcement officer, is primarily responsible for enforcing the laws of his/her jurisdiction and protecting people and property in the community. Their duties may include responding to calls from citizens when they are victims of crime, such as domestic violence, assault, or property damage, and they also regularly patrol designated areas to enforce traffic laws and issue citations for violations, as well as respond to traffic accidents and serve as first-responders in these and other emergency situations.Read More...
Policemen usually work both out in the public to interact with citizens and the public at large, and in an office setting to write reports about their activities and events in which they were involved. As officers of the criminal justice system, they are also often required to testify in court and must be able to handle responsibility and remain calm in stressful situations. Police officers must be assertive, yet able to defuse dangerous situations, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are also important in order to work well with the public and coordinate with other officers to apprehend criminals.
Aspiring police officers should be least 21 years old and have a high school diploma, and some jurisdictions also require some college work or a college degree. Applicants must undergo a rigorous background check, including a drug screen and psychological testing, and in most cases applicants must have no felony convictions, while misdemeanor convictions may be assessed on a case-by-case basis. There are also necessary standards of physical fitness, hearing, and vision which must be met for the position.
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Pay by Experience Level for Policeman
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. For Policemans, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $56K.