Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information in Montana

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,560
25th Percentile Wage
$47,040
50th Percentile Wage
$54,070
75th Percentile Wage
$61,450
90th Percentile Wage
$70,850

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Montana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $70,850. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,560.

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
$54,070
2.64% 13.72%
2016
$52,640
6.21% -
2015
$49,370
3.97% -
2014
$47,410
0.06% -
2013
$47,380
1.54% -
2012
$46,650
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Montana Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in some Montana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in state of Montana ranges from $47,780 to $62,490. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Montana is Missoula with a median annual salary of $62,490. The second highest paying city/area in Montana State is Great Falls (mean annual salary $58,070). The lowest paying area is Central Montana nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $47,780.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Missoula
$62,490
Great Falls
$58,070
Billings
$57,980
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$55,520
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area
$52,910
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area
$48,600
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
$47,780




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