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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Fort Collins-Loveland|| |
|Colorado Springs|| |
|Grand Junction|| |
|Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area|| |
|West Colorado nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area|| |
|East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area|| |