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Law Enforcement Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of law enforcement workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of law enforcement workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of law enforcement workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The law enforcement workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Law Enforcement Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for law enforcement workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) law enforcement workers is $95,200. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,350. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 194% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of law enforcement workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.35% 8.71%
2.20% -
1.86% -
0.92% -
1.70% -
- -

Table 2. Law Enforcement Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of law enforcement workers in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for law enforcement workers occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $70,200. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $33,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
Federal, State, and Local Government
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)

Table 3. Salaries of Law Enforcement Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of law enforcement worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Transit and Railroad Police
Fish and Game Wardens
Police Officers
Parking Enforcement Workers
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Correctional Officers and Jailers


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