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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,020
25th Percentile Wage
$44,980
50th Percentile Wage
$61,050
75th Percentile Wage
$80,230
90th Percentile Wage
$100,610

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 $100,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,020. Take note 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 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$61,050
2.24% 9.47%
2016
$59,680
2.28% -
2015
$58,320
2.59% -
2014
$56,810
1.20% -
2013
$56,130
1.53% -
2012
$55,270
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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 $61,570. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,570
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,150
Health Care and Social Assistance
$56,200
Educational Services
$51,960

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 $32,840 to $101,470. The highest paying state for police and sheriff's patrol officers is California with a median annual salary of $101,470. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,840. 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
$101,470
New Jersey
$86,350
Alaska
$83,470
Washington
$80,260
Illinois
$79,930
District of Columbia
$74,890
Nevada
$74,090
Colorado
$73,600
New York
$73,270
Connecticut
$71,630
Oregon
$70,850
Hawaii
$70,460
Pennsylvania
$69,680
Arizona
$68,010
Delaware
$67,180
Massachusetts
$66,830
Minnesota
$66,200
Maryland
$65,170
Texas
$62,530
Wisconsin
$62,330
Ohio
$60,760
Rhode Island
$58,940
Nebraska
$57,420
Michigan
$57,390
Iowa
$56,820
North Dakota
$56,040
Florida
$55,930
New Hampshire
$55,630
Wyoming
$55,400
Montana
$54,070
New Mexico
$53,850
Virginia
$52,820
Indiana
$51,500
Utah
$51,090
Idaho
$50,320
Maine
$48,460
Vermont
$47,620
South Dakota
$46,010
Kansas
$45,940
Missouri
$45,720
North Carolina
$45,440
Kentucky
$44,630
Tennessee
$43,610
West Virginia
$42,970
Oklahoma
$42,710
Alabama
$42,510
Georgia
$41,180
South Carolina
$39,960
Louisiana
$39,190
Arkansas
$37,070
Mississippi
$34,820
Puerto Rico
$32,840



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