Average Early-Career Police Captain Salary

$85,000
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The average salary for an Early-Career Police Captain is $85,000.
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$50k - $118k
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$50k - $118k

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Job Description for Police Captain

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.

Career Paths

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Police Captain
Police Chief
Security Director
Deputy Chief, Police Department
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Captain

A mid-career Police Captain with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $80,000 based on 7 salaries. An experienced Police Captain with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,941 based on 57 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,430.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 247 survey responses.
Mid Career
2.8%
Experienced
23.1%
Late Career
74.1%