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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a patrol commander. For example, did you know that they make an average of $29.19 an hour? That's $60,717 a year!

What Does a Patrol Commander Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a patrol commander, we found that a lot of resumes listed 22.5% of patrol commanders included law enforcement, while 7.8% of resumes included criminal activity, and 7.5% of resumes included procedures. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Patrol Commander

If you're interested in becoming a patrol commander, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 39.6% of patrol commanders have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 27.5% of patrol commanders have master's degrees. Even though most patrol commanders have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a patrol commander. When we researched the most common majors for a patrol commander, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on patrol commander resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a patrol commander. In fact, many patrol commander jobs require experience in a role such as sergeant. Meanwhile, many patrol commanders also have previous career experience in roles such as patrol officer or detective.

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Average Salary for a Patrol Commander

Patrol Commanders in America make an average salary of $60,717 per year or $29 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $81,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $45,000 per year.
Average Salary
$60,717

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Patrol Commander
Patrol Commander
Allied Universal Security
Allied Universal Security
01/09/2020
01/09/2020
$48,00101/09/2020
$48,001
Patrol Commander
Patrol Commander
Allied Universal
Allied Universal
01/09/2020
01/09/2020
$48,00101/09/2020
$48,001

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Patrol Commander Demographics

Gender

male

89.4%

female

6.5%

unknown

4.2%

Ethnicity

White

70.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Japanese

16.7%
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Patrol Commander Education

Majors

Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Masters

27.5%

Associate

9.9%

Top Colleges for Patrol Commanders

1. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Tuition and fees
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

2. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Tuition and fees
$51,522
Enrollment
13,760

3. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Tuition and fees
$12,467
Enrollment
33,509

4. University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Tuition and fees
$11,830
Enrollment
29,474

5. University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

Tuition and fees
$39,270
Enrollment
5,041

6. Florida International University

Miami, FL

Tuition and fees
$6,556
Enrollment
41,777

7. Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Tuition and fees
$11,870
Enrollment
53,194

8. Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and fees
$16,970
Enrollment
28,965

9. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

Tuition and fees
$14,138
Enrollment
13,743

10. Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI

Tuition and fees
$27,400
Enrollment
1,417
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Top Skills For a Patrol Commander

  • Law Enforcement, 22.5%
  • Criminal Activity, 7.8%
  • Procedures, 7.5%
  • Patrol Officers, 7.1%
  • Physical Security, 6.2%
  • Other Skills, 48.9%
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Top Patrol Commander Employers

1. U.S. Navy
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$53,690
Patrol Commanders Hired: 
15+
2. US Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$53,674
Patrol Commanders Hired: 
5+
3. Vermont State Fair
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$40,829
Patrol Commanders Hired: 
4+
4. VIRGINIA STATE UNIV
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$37,966
Patrol Commanders Hired: 
4+
5. Clay County
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$46,436
Patrol Commanders Hired: 
3+
6. US MARINE CORPS
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$57,440
Patrol Commanders Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020