Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for police and sheriff's patrol officers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of police and sheriff's patrol officers among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,810
25th Percentile Wage
$83,250
50th Percentile Wage
$101,470
75th Percentile Wage
$119,190
90th Percentile Wage
$134,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $134,430. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $101,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,810.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$101,470
3.17% 15.76%
2016
$98,250
3.42% -
2015
$94,890
6.48% -
2014
$88,740
1.56% -
2013
$87,360
2.15% -
2012
$85,480
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in state of California ranges from $65,800 to $124,610. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $124,610. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Vallejo-Fairfield (mean annual salary $115,460). The lowest paying area is Madera-Chowchilla with a median annual salary of $65,800.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$124,610
Vallejo-Fairfield
$115,460
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$114,050
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$113,640
Napa
$113,000
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$112,990
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$110,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$109,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$105,990
Redding
$104,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$103,640
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$96,740
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$95,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$94,500
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$93,440
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$92,620
Yuba City
$92,260
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$88,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$87,730
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$87,590
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$85,450
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$84,370
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$84,130
Salinas
$82,940
Modesto
$82,010
Chico
$82,000
Stockton
$77,270
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$77,150
Merced
$75,410
El Centro
$74,670
Bakersfield-Delano
$74,090
Visalia-Porterville
$71,800
Fresno
$70,620
Hanford-Corcoran
$68,700
Madera-Chowchilla
$65,800




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