Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for police and sheriff's patrol officers in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of police and sheriff's patrol officers amongst Washington metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,040
25th Percentile Wage
$65,850
50th Percentile Wage
$77,030
75th Percentile Wage
$90,010
90th Percentile Wage
$100,120

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $100,120. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $77,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,040.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.02
25th Percentile Wage
$31.66
50th Percentile Wage
$37.04
75th Percentile Wage
$43.27
90th Percentile Wage
$48.13

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.13. The median hourly salary is $37.04. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.02.

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
201677,0302.70%10.89%
201574,9503.02%-
201472,6902.41%-
201370,9403.24%-
201268,640--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in state of Washington ranges from $52,230 to $84,860. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $84,860. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $83,410). The lowest paying area is Lewiston with a median annual salary of $52,230.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$84,860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$83,410
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$81,330
Tacoma
$77,630
Bellingham
$76,810
Olympia
$76,810
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$75,400
Spokane
$73,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$72,850
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$72,400
Yakima
$70,850
Longview
$70,010
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$67,350
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$66,720
Bremerton-Silverdale
$66,370
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$64,640
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$59,800
Lewiston
$52,230


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