Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information in Pennsylvania

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,740
25th Percentile Wage
$47,860
50th Percentile Wage
$69,680
75th Percentile Wage
$83,670
90th Percentile Wage
$96,770

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Pennsylvania 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 $69,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,740.

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
$69,680
2.04% 16.03%
2016
$68,260
2.15% -
2015
$66,790
9.94% -
2014
$60,150
0.52% -
2013
$59,840
2.22% -
2012
$58,510
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $40,070 to $85,000. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $85,000. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is State College (mean annual salary $75,430). The lowest paying area is Johnstown with a median annual salary of $40,070.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$85,000
State College
$75,430
Erie
$75,430
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$75,070
Philadelphia
$73,760
Lancaster
$73,500
York-Hanover
$68,390
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$67,780
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$67,770
Lebanon
$64,930
Pittsburgh
$63,170
Reading
$62,850
Williamsport
$61,590
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$60,150
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$57,780
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$57,140
Altoona
$50,390
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$47,430
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$46,760
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$41,800
Johnstown
$40,070




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