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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$61,010
25th Percentile Wage
$80,570
50th Percentile Wage
$98,250
75th Percentile Wage
$114,300
90th Percentile Wage
$129,690

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 $129,690. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $98,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $61,010.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29.33
25th Percentile Wage
$38.74
50th Percentile Wage
$47.23
75th Percentile Wage
$54.95
90th Percentile Wage
$62.35

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $62.35. The median hourly salary is $47.23. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29.33.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201698,2503.42%13.00%
201594,8906.48%-
201488,7401.56%-
201387,3602.15%-
201285,480--

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 $65,750 to $118,920. 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 $118,920. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Napa (mean annual salary $112,840). The lowest paying area is Hanford-Corcoran with a median annual salary of $65,750.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$118,920
Napa
$112,840
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$110,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$109,550
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$109,450
Vallejo-Fairfield
$106,350
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$105,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$105,230
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$102,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$100,660
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$94,950
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$93,790
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$93,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$92,320
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$88,260
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$87,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$87,730
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$86,630
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$86,570
Salinas
$85,660
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$81,980
Chico
$80,140
Modesto
$78,940
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$78,890
Yuba City
$76,930
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$76,080
Merced
$74,200
Bakersfield-Delano
$71,200
Fresno
$70,680
Stockton
$70,100
Visalia-Porterville
$69,990
Madera-Chowchilla
$65,800
Hanford-Corcoran
$65,750


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