Average Police Chief Salary

$72,806
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$2,549
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The average salary for a Police Chief is $72,806.
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$44k
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$73k
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$131k
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What Do Police Chiefs Do?

Police Chief Tasks
  • Oversee police department, including training, hiring, and policy creation.
  • Manage the budget, including bargaining, negotiations, and tracking software for expenditures.
  • Communicate with the public, the media, and local groups.

Job Satisfaction for Police Chief

4.4 out of 5
(103)
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Popular Employer Salaries for Police Chief

The top respondents for the job title Police Chief are from the companies Oklahoma State University, Belmont Abbey College and City of Geneseo. Reported salaries are highest at City of Geneseo where the average pay is $98,856. Oklahoma State University pays the lowest at around $53,062.

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Police Chiefs?

An early career Police Chief with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $54,045 based on 20 salaries. A mid-career Police Chief with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,726 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Police Chief with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,021 based on 117 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,328.
Employees with Police Chief in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 112.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (64.8% more) and Geneseo, New York (39.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Okmulgee, Oklahoma (27.1% less), Belmont, North Carolina (23.6% less) and El Paso, Texas (10.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 513 survey responses.
Early Career
3.9%
Mid Career
8.6%
Experienced
22.8%
Late Career
64.7%