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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Law Enforcement Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,350
25th Percentile Wage
$39,060
50th Percentile Wage
$53,240
75th Percentile Wage
$74,120
90th Percentile Wage
$92,890

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 $92,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,350. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 196% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of law enforcement workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201653,2402.20%6.52%
201552,0701.86%-
201451,1000.92%-
201350,6301.70%-
201249,770--

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 $62,450. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $29,730).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$62,450
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,160
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,870
Educational Services
$49,350
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,990
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$29,730

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
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$78,120
Transit and Railroad Police
$66,610
Police Officers
$59,750
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$59,680
Fish and Game Wardens
$51,730
Correctional Officers and Jailers
$42,820
Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers
$42,820
Bailiffs
$42,670
Parking Enforcement Workers
$37,950


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