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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,580
25th Percentile Wage
$46,610
50th Percentile Wage
$59,390
75th Percentile Wage
$70,550
90th Percentile Wage
$78,490

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 $78,490. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,580.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17.59
25th Percentile Wage
$22.41
50th Percentile Wage
$28.55
75th Percentile Wage
$33.92
90th Percentile Wage
$37.74

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $37.74. The median hourly salary is $28.55. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.59.

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
201659,3907.81%6.65%
201554,750-1.75%-
201455,7100.65%-
201355,350-0.16%-
201255,440--

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 $43,460 to $75,680. The highest paying area for police and sheriff's patrol officers in Wisconsin is Lake County-Kenosha County with a median annual salary of $75,680. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis (mean annual salary $70,390). The lowest paying area is Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $43,460.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Lake County-Kenosha County
$75,680
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$70,390
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$69,380
Oshkosh-Neenah
$66,490
Green Bay
$65,860
Duluth
$64,630
Fond du Lac
$61,390
Janesville
$60,420
Appleton
$59,860
Sheboygan
$59,510
Madison
$58,550
Wausau
$56,080
La Crosse
$54,860
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$54,270
Eau Claire
$52,640
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$49,640
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$46,180
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$45,650
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$43,460


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