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Average Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary

$52,166
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,043
Bonus
$9,156
Commission
$2,000
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is $52,166.
10%
$36k
MEDIAN
$52k
90%
$92k
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$36k - $92k
Bonus
$200 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$41 - $39k
Commission
$6k - $24k
Total Pay
$33k - $89k
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What Do Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers Do?

Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer Tasks
  • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.

Job Satisfaction for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer

3.9 out of 5
(357)
Highly Satisfied
31Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer are from the companies New York Police Department (NYPD), City of Glendale and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Reported salaries are highest at Boston Police Department where the average pay is $82,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include New York Police Department (NYPD) and City of Glendale, earning around $78,000 and $77,776, respectively. U.S. Army pays the lowest at around $33,872. U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Department of Defense also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $41,446 and $55,496, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers?

Skills in Emergency Response, Oral / Verbal Communication and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Leadership and Security Policies and Procedures.

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 $47,581 based on 203 salaries. An early career Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,799 based on 816 salaries. A mid-career Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,983 based on 496 salaries. An experienced Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,258 based on 538 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $66,303.
Employees with Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 39.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (24.9% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (20.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (15.2% less) and Houston, Texas (1.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,433 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.3%
Early Career
33.5%
Mid Career
20.4%
Experienced
22.1%
Late Career
15.6%