Salary Guide: Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers keep order and enforce local, state, and federal laws. Nationwide there are over 644,000 Patrol Officers who earn an average salary of $55,620.

To become a Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer, applicants generally need a high school diploma.

To become a Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer, applicants generally need a high school diploma and depending on the department, sometimes need a few years of college coursework or a bachelor’s degree. On-the-job training is an important part of police work. Training can last from three to 11 months.

Learn about Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officer programs in your area.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $39,700
Alaska: $64,610
Arizona: $59,330
Arkansas: $36,620
California: $77,290
Colorado: $60,660
Connecticut: $60,800
Delaware: $58,220
District of Columbia: $67,560
Florida: $55,840
Georgia: $39,450
Hawaii: $54,140
Idaho: $45,570
Illinois: $66,680
Indiana: $44,490
Iowa: $47,740
Kansas: $43,170
Kentucky: $38,820
Louisiana: $38,020
Maine: $39,910
Maryland: $56,900
Massachusetts: $55,300
Michigan: $51,840
Minnesota: $55,200
Mississippi: $31,430
Missouri: $41,680
Montana: $44,270
Nebraska: $44,890
Nevada: $65,840
New Hampshire: $48,120
New Jersey: $79,300
New Mexico: $43,400
New York: $60,270
North Carolina: $40,460
North Dakota: $44,280
Ohio: $53,680
Oklahoma: $37,260
Oregon: $58,310
Pennsylvania: $54,500
Rhode Island: $52,630
South Carolina: $38,330
South Dakota: $40,820
Tennessee: $41,050
Texas: $50,440
Utah: $45,430
Vermont: $43,220
Virginia: $50,870
Washington: $65,730
West Virginia: $35,400
Wisconsin: $52,710
Wyoming: $49,250

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $64,470
2. Los Angeles: $84,230
3. Chicago: $73,810
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $57,020
5. Philadelphia: $58,860
6. Houston: $53,270
7. Washington DC: $65,020
8. Miami: $66,820
9. Atlanta: $43,840
10. Boston: $56,530
11. San Francisco: $78,040
12. Detroit: $50,580
13. Riverside: $73,970
14. Phoenix: $61,820
15. Seattle: $71,720
16. Minneapolis: $61,330
17. San Diego: $71,290
18. St. Louis: $48,030
19. Tampa: $57,970
20. Baltimore: $55,390

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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