Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer Salary Information in Wisconsin

The average annual and hourly salaries for police and sheriff's patrol officers in the state of Wisconsin are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of police and sheriff's patrol officers among Wisconsin 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,560
25th Percentile Wage
$49,220
50th Percentile Wage
$62,330
75th Percentile Wage
$73,370
90th Percentile Wage
$80,450

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $80,450. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $62,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,560.

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
$62,330
4.72% 11.05%
2016
$59,390
7.81% -
2015
$54,750
-1.75% -
2014
$55,710
0.65% -
2013
$55,350
-0.16% -
2012
$55,440
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of police and sheriff's patrol officers in state of Wisconsin ranges from $44,450 to $73,300. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Wisconsin is Lake County-Kenosha County with a median annual salary of $73,300. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis (mean annual salary $72,130). The lowest paying area is Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $44,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Lake County-Kenosha County
$73,300
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$72,130
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$71,610
Green Bay
$70,460
Racine
$67,840
Duluth
$65,870
Madison
$65,610
Fond du Lac
$64,500
Janesville
$63,910
Oshkosh-Neenah
$63,390
Wausau
$63,020
Sheboygan
$61,930
Appleton
$60,390
La Crosse
$56,950
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$55,970
Eau Claire
$55,680
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$52,490
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$47,050
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$45,650
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$44,450




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