Average Police Captain Salary

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

The average salary for a Police Captain is $89,114 in 2023

Base Salary
$57k - $147k
$960 - $29k
Total Pay
$55k - $147k
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What Do Police Captains Do?

Police Captain Tasks
  • Direct police department activities and ensure all work performed meets the standards of the Department and serves the needs of the city.
  • Review and investigate civilian complaints and disciplinary issues in the department.
  • Study crime trends and use that information to adjust staffing strength, special forces deployment, assignments and policing priorities.
  • Maintain a positive team environment and foster positive relationships between the police force and citizens as well as other departments in local government.
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How do Police Captains Rate Their Jobs?

4.6 out of 5
Extremely Satisfied
Based on 25 responses, the job of Police Captain has received a job satisfaction rating of 4.58 out of 5. On average, Police Captains are extremely satisfied with their job.

FAQs About Police Captains

What is the highest pay for Police Captains?

Our data indicates that the highest pay for a Police Captain is $147k / year

What is the lowest pay for Police Captains?

Our data indicates that the lowest pay for a Police Captain is $57k / year

How can Police Captains increase their salary?

Increasing your pay as a Police Captain is possible in different ways. Change of employer: Consider a career move to a new employer that is willing to pay higher for your skills. Level of Education: Gaining advanced degrees may allow this role to increase their income potential and qualify for promotions. Managing Experience: If you are a Police Captain that oversees more junior Police Captains, this experience can increase the likelihood to earn more.