Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information in Colorado

The average annual and hourly salaries for police and sheriff's patrol officers in the state of Colorado are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of police and sheriff's patrol officers among Colorado metropolitan areas 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 Colorado

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,120
25th Percentile Wage
$58,640
50th Percentile Wage
$73,600
75th Percentile Wage
$84,430
90th Percentile Wage
$96,770

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $96,770. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $73,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,120.

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
$73,600
4.52% 12.05%
2016
$70,270
4.18% -
2015
$67,330
1.37% -
2014
$66,410
2.09% -
2013
$65,020
0.45% -
2012
$64,730
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Colorado Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in some Colorado cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in state of Colorado ranges from $38,720 to $78,750. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Colorado is Denver-Aurora-Broomfield with a median annual salary of $78,750. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is Boulder (mean annual salary $77,590). The lowest paying area is East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $38,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$78,750
Boulder
$77,590
Fort Collins-Loveland
$77,350
Colorado Springs
$71,640
Pueblo
$69,090
Greeley
$68,470
Grand Junction
$66,890
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$61,890
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$53,810
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$39,010
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$38,720




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