The average salary for a Mid-Career Police Officer is $52,041.
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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…Read more
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.
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Popular Skills for Police Officer
Oral / Verbal Communication
Skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Leadership and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Writing Procedures & Documentation and Training.
Pay by Experience Level for Police Officer
An entry-level Police Officer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $44,206 based on 312 salaries. An early career Police Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,608 based on 1,201 salaries. An experienced Police Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,597 based on 924 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $72,057.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Police Officer in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 53.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (43.8% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (32.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (16.9% less), Dallas, Texas (5.9% less) and Houston, Texas (5.0% less).
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