Chief Of Police Statistics in the US

The average employee age for chiefs of police is 46 years. The chief of police workforce reached a whopping 3,685 in 2020! Among those workers, we discovered that 9.2% of them are women, while 87.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among chiefs of police is White, which makes up 73.6% of all chiefs of police. Comparatively, there are 11.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of chiefs of police are located in Washington, DC and Saint Louis, MO. Chiefs of police are also more likely to work at government companies in comparison to education companies. Taking it a step further, chiefs of police are more likely to find a job in the government industry. Looking at chief of police statistics, we found was that California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and Rhode Island are where chiefs of police find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about chief of police demographics? We analyzed 3,479 chiefs of police resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Chief Of Police Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as chiefs of police. Keep reading to find out what the results for chiefs of police were.

Chief Of Police Gender Ratio

Among chiefs of police, 9.2% of them are women compared to 87.3% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 87.3%
  • Female, 9.2%
  • Unknown, 3.5%

Chief Of Police Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among chiefs of police is White, which makes up 73.6% of all chiefs of police. Comparatively, there are 11.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 73.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 11.8%
  • Black or African American, 10.7%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • Asian, 1.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Chief Of Polices

The chart below shows that 67.4% of chiefs of police speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is German at 4.7% and Dakota is the third-most popular at 4.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 67.4%
  • German, 4.7%
  • Dakota, 4.7%
  • Arabic, 4.7%
  • Italian, 4.7%
  • Other, 13.8%

Chief Of Police Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among chiefs of police.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Chief Of Police Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the chief of police position over time.

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2009
2010
2011
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2018

Chief Of Police Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of chiefs of police changed.

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Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of chiefs of police based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Chief Of Police

By looking over 3,479 chiefs of police resumes, we figured out that the average chief of police enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 29%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Chief Of Police Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of chief of police employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of chiefs of police is 40+ years old, which represents 81% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Chief Of Polices with Other Job Titles

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Job Titleascdesc
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Femaleascdesc
Chief Of Police87%9%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Chief Of Police
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Chief Of Polices with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to chiefs of police.

Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Security Guard10.87%
Jailer10.98%
Natural Resource Officer12.15%
Guard Supervisor13.71%
Fire Fighter18.44%
Chief Of Police21.80%
Detention Sergeant23.75%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Chief Of Police?

male-income
Male Income
$100,831
female-income
Female Income
$90,640

Chief Of Police Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$110,711
$106,214
$101,717
$97,220
$92,723
$88,226
$83,729
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Chief Of Police Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$97,247
Some College/ Associate Degree$106,214
Bachelor's Degree$118,047
Master's Degree$132,058

Chief Of Police Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$153,158
$142,608
$132,058
$121,509
$110,959
$100,409
$89,859
$79,310
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Chief Of Police Heatmaps

Where Do Chiefs of police Earn The Most?

The map here shows where chiefs of police earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Chiefs of police Located?

By looking through more than 3,479 resumes, we found that the most popular places for chiefs of police are Washington, DC and Saint Louis, MO.

Number of Chiefs of police

Chief Of Police Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ chiefs of police. We found that the most common company type is government. In addition, the industry that employs the most chiefs of police is the government industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire chiefs of police.

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50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Chief Of Police Work In

Employees with the chief of police job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most chiefs of police prefer to work at government companies over education companies.

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Government

Private

Education

Public

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ chiefs of police. Those industries include government, education and non profits.

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Government

Education

Non Profits

Professional

Transportation

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