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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 $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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of law enforcement workers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
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|| |
|Transit and Railroad Police|| |
|Police Officers|| |
|Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers|| |
|Fish and Game Wardens|| |
|Correctional Officers and Jailers|| |
|Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers|| |
|Parking Enforcement Workers|| |