Police Sergeant Salary

With over four-fifths of Police Sergeants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $105K per year and averages out to $65K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Police Sergeants. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,004 - $110,743
$42K
$66K
$110K
MEDIAN: $65,503
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50%
90%

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$18.54 - $43.46
$19
$27
$43
MEDIAN: $26.98
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$0$110K
Salary $42,004 - $110,743
Bonus $515 - $29,087
Total Pay (?
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$41,358 - $105,978
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 310
Hourly Data $0$82
Hourly Rate $18.54 - $43.46
Overtime $30.03 - $82.72
Annual Data $0$105K
Bonus $515 - $29,087
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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$41,358 - $105,978
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 140

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Job Description for Police Sergeant

Police sergeants are responsible for enforcing state, federal, and local law. They are in charge of supervising, training, and motivating the officers under their command. As with any job in law enforcement, a police sergeant's day-to-day tasks vary. Generally, though, police sergeants ensure that those under their command perform policing duties as assigned and oversee the scheduling of subordinates to ensure the department is fully staffed. They also complete necessary paperwork for their department, as well as review and approve subordinates' reports. These professionals must take orders from superior officers and ensure those officers' decisions are enacted by lower-level officers. They also handle training for staff and oversee disciplinary measures as needed.

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Police Sergeant Tasks

  • Assign tasks and oversee day-to-day operations to support the lieutenant.
  • Oversee volunteers and interact with the public.
  • Investigate and communicate about patrol activities, crimes and safety.
  • Back up and support emergency and public safety situations.
  • Conduct roll call, equipment inventories, report reviews and staff evaluations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Sergeant

Pay by Experience for a Police Sergeant has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Sergeant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 30 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Sergeant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 94 salaries. An experienced Police Sergeant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 242 salaries. A Police Sergeant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,886

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

Police Sergeants will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 70 percent. Police Sergeants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+54 percent), Baltimore (+38 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Charleston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Police Sergeant Advice

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

Police Sergeant in Venice:
"You Have to do paper work."
To becareful on the roads.

Police Sergeant in Wilmington:
"Homeland security & enforcement of local, state and federal."

Police Sergeant in Doral:
"CORPORATE GOVERNMENT."
Pros: THATS IS HAS MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITES TO BEANCH OUT.
Cons: IT PAYS WELL, BUT WE ARE STILL BEHIND THE CURVE.

Police Sergeant in Erie:
"Be prepared for politics."
You should always do the right thing even when it's wrong. Always motivate your troops even if you have no motivation. Never give up hope that your superiors will make good decisions. Remember, you can be the best officer in the world and politics will promote some idiot over you. The idiot will then be your boss. Smile and drive on while looking for another job.

Key Stats for Police Sergeant

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
34%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Police Sergeant Salaries

▲9%

National Average
$63,000

▼3%

Entry-Level
▼7%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 7%
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