Policemans in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and around half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $45K per year, but may range from $25K to $79K per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Policemans (82 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,742 - $79,902
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MEDIAN: $44,500
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$12.72 - $34.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,742 - $79,902  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,943 - $78,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $34.72  
   
Overtime
$31.75  
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$24,943 - $78,771  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Policeman

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Policemans with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $45K. Policemans who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. As Policemans reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $57K.

Key Stats for Policeman

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Policeman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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