Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is $53,460
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers?
An entry-level Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,732 based on 220 salaries. An early career Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of …Read more
What Do Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers Do?
Police patrol officers must complete a training program known as the "police academy" before beginning work. A degree is often preferred but not required, and different states and departments tend to have different requirements.
Generally, a person applies to become a police officer and is selected to attend the academy, where they are immediately hired upon completion of the program. A police patrol officer’s job is both mental and physical; they must pass a psychological exam as well as a …Read more