Entry-Level Police Officer Salary

An Entry-Level Police Officer earns an average salary of $44,160 per year.

$30,393 - $66,259
$30K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,673
10%
50%
90%

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$12.22 - $30.11
$12
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.62
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$0$67K
Salary $30,393 - $66,259
Bonus $0.44 - $9,803
Profit Sharing $500
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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$29,362 - $67,187
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,876
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $12.22 - $30.11
Overtime $20.30 - $50.41
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $0.44 - $9,803
Profit Sharing $500
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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$29,362 - $67,187
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 810

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.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,229

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

Police Officer Advice

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

Police Officer in Frederick:
"Frustrating."
Don't think that you're going to change the world. Fight for your corner of it. The bad guys come from the front. The brass, from behind.

Police Officer in South Bethlehem:
"Changes as a Police Officer."
Times have changed and you must be able to change with the times. Its not all about chasing bad guys . But making a safe environment for everyone .

Police Officer in Manchester:
"Advice."
Pay attention to your senior Officers. What you have learned in college and what you were told in the academy may not apply when you hit the streets.

Police Officer in New Orleans:
"All that glitters is not gold."
Do your research to find out what aspect of police work you would like to venture into. Find out what the requirements are to become a detective, specialist, swat team operator, etc. Get your college degree completed early if not before you join a local police department. Get your experience in 2-3years and move on to a higher paying job if you are not happy. Don't think that things will change for the better if you are not happy with what's going on. Politics always taints the waters of progress when you are an unknown.

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

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

Key Stats for Police Officer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
16%

Skills That Affect Police Officer Salaries

Leadership
▲3%


▲2%


National Average
$44,000

Law Enforcement
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 10%