$51,597
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,036

Profit Sharing

$400

The average Mid-Career Police Officer earns approximately $52K per year. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,381 - $86,377
$34K
$52K
$86K
MEDIAN: $51,597
10%
50%
90%

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$14.89 - $34.64
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.81
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$0$86K
Salary $34,381 - $86,377
Bonus $50.34 - $5,960
Profit Sharing $400
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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$33,399 - $84,311
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,018
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $14.89 - $34.64
Hourly Tips $1.15
Overtime $23.80 - $64.05
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $50.34 - $5,960
Profit Sharing $400
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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$33,399 - $84,311
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 507

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 2018 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Police Officer


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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,298

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mid-Career Police Officers, 64 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Police Officers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+51 percent), Phoenix (+33 percent), New York (+31 percent), and Miami (+21 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 17 percent less in San Antonio and 11 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Key Stats for Police Officer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.
5-9 years
75%
10-19 years
25%

Skills That Affect Police Officer Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%


Leadership
▼3%

Training
▼5%

Law Enforcement
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 7%