Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer is $47,793
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers?
An early career Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,364 based on 240 salaries. A mid-career Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,916 based on 139 …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