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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,230
25th Percentile Wage
$44,000
50th Percentile Wage
$59,680
75th Percentile Wage
$78,140
90th Percentile Wage
$98,510

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,6802.28%7.39%
201558,3202.59%-
201456,8101.20%-
201356,1301.53%-
201255,270--

Table 2. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary by Industry Sector

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
$60,220
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,150
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,780
Educational Services
$50,200

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers by States

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
California
$98,250
New Jersey
$92,020
Alaska
$80,350
Washington
$77,030
Illinois
$74,230
District of Columbia
$72,870
Nevada
$72,370
New York
$71,370
Oregon
$70,950
Hawaii
$70,460
Colorado
$70,270
Connecticut
$69,200
Pennsylvania
$68,260
Arizona
$65,000
Massachusetts
$64,760
Minnesota
$63,770
Maryland
$62,560
Texas
$60,110
Wisconsin
$59,390
Ohio
$59,270
Michigan
$58,850
Rhode Island
$57,520
Iowa
$56,070
Nebraska
$55,620
Wyoming
$54,700
Florida
$54,640
New Hampshire
$53,510
North Dakota
$53,280
Montana
$52,640
New Mexico
$51,810
Virginia
$51,460
Indiana
$50,310
Utah
$49,800
Idaho
$49,040
Vermont
$46,440
Maine
$45,910
Missouri
$45,460
Kansas
$44,490
South Dakota
$44,010
North Carolina
$43,360
Tennessee
$43,190
Kentucky
$42,530
West Virginia
$42,140
Alabama
$41,310
Oklahoma
$41,110
Georgia
$39,870
South Carolina
$39,610
Louisiana
$39,130
Arkansas
$36,800
Mississippi
$34,280
Puerto Rico
$32,780


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