$74,426
Avg. Salary
$23.00
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Police Officer is $23.00 per hour.

The average pay for a Police Officer is $74,426 per year.

$20
10%
$23
50%
$42
90%
MEDIAN $23
$41k
10%
$74k
50%
$111k
90%
MEDIAN $74,426
$40,886 - $110,849
$41K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,426
10%
50%
90%

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$19.65 - $41.71
$23
MEDIAN: $23.00
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$0$115K
Salary $40,886 - $110,849
Bonus $2,750
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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$41,019 - $115,422
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 33
Hourly Data $0$82
Hourly Rate $23.00
Overtime $30.10 - $82.43
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $2,750
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).
)
$41,019 - $115,422
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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.

Police Officer Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

-20%

National Average: $74,088

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

New York Police Department (NYPD) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Police Officer in Lithia Springs:
"Lessons learned."
Learn the policies and procedures. Follow them and stay safe while performing your duties.

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 New York:
Pros: The Half Pay After 20 Years Of Service.Medical, Dental Benefits And Unlimited Sick.
Cons: High Stress Levels. Shortens Life Span.High Risk Job.

Police Officer in Kennesaw:
"Status quo."
There aren't enough people who are go getters and wish to push things forward for the better.

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 Clayton:
Use the job as a stepping stone to get into a federal job.

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:

Key Stats for Police Officer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Police Officer Salaries

Experienced
▲6%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$74,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Police Officer Salaries

Leadership
▲2%

Training
▲1%

National Average
$74,000


Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
no benefits
None: