Police Officer Salary

A Police Officer earns an average salary of $49,808 per year.

$34,020 - $89,730
$34K
$51K
$90K
MEDIAN: $50,904
10%
50%
90%

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$13.64 - $34.54
$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.20
10%
50%
90%

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$0$89K
Salary $34,020 - $89,730
Bonus $202.73 - $8,877
Profit Sharing $375.00
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,020 - $87,464
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,051
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $13.64 - $34.54
Hourly Tips $1.15
Overtime $22.98 - $62.14
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $202.73 - $8,877
Profit Sharing $375.00
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,020 - $87,464
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,017

Job Description for Police Officer

A police officer is part of one of the three areas of our criminal justice system. Members of the police force are responsible for enforcing the law. An officer will patrol neighborhoods to deter criminal activity as well as monitor any threat to public safety. A police officer will respond to incidents and complaints reported to the police department, document interactions with suspects, victims, and witnesses, and collect evidence at the scene of the crime. Police officers arrest offenders and suspects, collect evidence from them, and testify in court about cases in which they were involved. A member of the police force will also work with the community to coordinate community service events and outreach programs and to offer educational services to the neighborhoods the officer patrols. A police officer must complete the police academy training program, and quite often a certificate or degree in a criminal justice program is required. People applying to join the police force must pass a strict background check including their criminal history, driving record, and credit reports, in order to ensure that all members of the police force are upstanding members of society who will be a good fit with the community. A police officer must be in and remain in good physical condition, as the job may sometimes require strenuous physical activity. Hours for the position vary and are subject to changes based on the availability of other employees, and quite often a police officer will work night shifts and weekends. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


Police Officer Tasks

  • Patrol neighborhoods to prevent and stop crimes and threats to safety.
  • Coordinate community work and outreach and offer educational services.
  • Arrest offenders and suspects, collect evidence, and testify about cases.
  • Respond to incidents and complaints, document interactions, and collect evidence.

Common Career Paths for Police Officer


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Pay by Experience Level for Police Officer

Pay by Experience for a Police Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,555 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 957 salaries. An experienced Police Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 926 salaries. A Police Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 461 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,580

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Police Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Police Officer?

Police Officer in Minneapolis:
Pros: The variety of situations that I see.
Cons: Riding buses.

Police Officer in Las Cruces:
"Different every day."
Pros: Helping people, flexibility, decent pay and benefits.
Cons: Politics within the department, non consistent hours.

Police Officer in Portland:
"Being A Police Officer Is The Best Job In The World."
Pros: Working with great, motivated people. Fast-paced, exciting career. Diverse work days, every day.
Cons: Unnecessary calls for service.

Police Officer in Oak Grove:
"Good Cop, Bad Cop."
Pros: Contrary to what I answered earlier, I actually really love my profession as a police officer. I however strongly dislike my employer, since I have been with my unit, they seem to enjoy adding misery and stress to our already stressful environment, and that makes me very dissatisfied with the way a military police company chain of command is supposed to work.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Police Officer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 321 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Police Officer Salaries

▲26%

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Police Officer Salaries

police
▲5%

critical thinking
▲4%

National Average
$51,000

▼1%

Firearms
▼1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼2%

Training
▼3%

Problem Solving
▼7%

People Management
▼8%

Spanish Language
▼11%


field training officer
▼18%

Criminal
▼20%

Security Policies and Procedures
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 321 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%