The salary statistics of police and sheriff's patrol officers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of police and sheriff's patrol officers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The police and sheriff's patrol officers 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 police and sheriff's patrol officers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) police and sheriff's patrol officers is $98,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,230. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of police and sheriff's patrol officers in 4 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 police and sheriff's patrol officers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $60,220. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $50,200).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only police and sheriff's patrol officers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $32,780 to $98,250. The highest paying state for police and sheriff's patrol officers is California with a median annual salary of $98,250. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,780. For more salary information of police and sheriff's patrol officers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |