The average salary for a Police Captain is $79,633.
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Job Description for Police Captain
A police captain is a high-level officer in a police department who usually has overall command and supervisory responsibility for a precinct or district. Police captains typically have lieutenants who serve as their direct reports, as well as department managers who oversee lower-level supervisors. Typically, they also have an important administrative role to play in examining the effectiveness and efficiency of the units they command, and they may also be required to provide press and PR avail…Read more
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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Pay by Experience Level for Police Captain
An early career Police Captain with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $85,000 based on 13 salaries. A mid-career Police Captain with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Police Captain with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,941 based on 85 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,430.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Police Captain in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 110.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (22.4% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (12.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbia, South Carolina (25.9% less), Palmyra, Virginia (22.5% less) and Nashville, Tennessee (14.6% less).
Years of Experience
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