Average Police Chief Salary

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The average salary for a Police Chief is $74,543.
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$44k - $136k
$99 - $13k
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$41k - $132k

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Job Description for Police Chief

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.

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Career Paths

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Chief

An early career Police Chief with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $62,169 based on 27 salaries. A mid-career Police Chief with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,495 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Police Chief with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,509 based on 132 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $87,330.
Employees with Police Chief in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 107.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (77.8% more) and Geneseo, New York (34.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Belmont, North Carolina (25.4% less) and Cleveland, Texas (6.1% less).

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