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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a police captain. For example, did you know that they make an average of $40.16 an hour? That's $83,525 a year!

What Does a Police Captain Do

There are certain skills that many police captains have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed empathy, physical stamina and good judgment.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a police captain, we found that a lot of resumes listed 12.8% of police captains included police department, while 8.7% of resumes included crime prevention, and 7.5% of resumes included law enforcement. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the police captain job title. But what industry to start with? Most police captains actually find jobs in the government and education industries.

How To Become a Police Captain

If you're interested in becoming a police captain, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 41.5% of police captains have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 22.8% of police captains have master's degrees. Even though most police captains 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 police captain. When we researched the most common majors for a police captain, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on police captain resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a police captain. In fact, many police captain jobs require experience in a role such as police officer. Meanwhile, many police captains also have previous career experience in roles such as police lieutenant or police sergeant.

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Average Salary$83,525

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Average Salary for a Police Captain

Police Captains in America make an average salary of $83,525 per year or $40 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $113,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $61,000 per year.
Average Salary
$83,525

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Police Captain, Operations
Police Captain, Operations
George Washington University
George Washington University
07/24/2020
07/24/2020
$83,86707/24/2020
$83,867
Inhouse Only: Police Captain
Inhouse Only: Police Captain
Clarke County Sheriff Office
Clarke County Sheriff Office
04/27/2020
04/27/2020
$66,05704/27/2020
$66,057
Police Captain, Operations
Police Captain, Operations
George Washington University
George Washington University
04/26/2020
04/26/2020
$83,86704/26/2020
$83,867
Police Captain, Operations
Police Captain, Operations
George Washington University
George Washington University
03/27/2020
03/27/2020
$83,86703/27/2020
$83,867
Captain Police
Captain Police
Tarrant County College District
Tarrant County College District
03/27/2020
03/27/2020
$59,56303/27/2020
$59,563

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Police Captain Demographics

Gender

male

88.4 %

female

10.3 %

unknown

1.4 %

Ethnicity

White

70.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.2 %

Black or African American

12.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.3 %

Korean

16.7 %
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Police Captain Education

Majors

Degrees

Bachelors

41.5 %

Masters

22.8 %

Associate

14.0 %

Top Colleges for Police Captains

1. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

In-State Tuition
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

2. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

In-State Tuition
$51,522
Enrollment
13,760

3. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

In-State Tuition
$12,467
Enrollment
33,509

4. University of Georgia

Athens, GA

In-State Tuition
$11,830
Enrollment
29,474

5. University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

In-State Tuition
$39,270
Enrollment
5,041

6. Florida International University

Miami, FL

In-State Tuition
$6,556
Enrollment
41,777

7. Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

In-State Tuition
$11,870
Enrollment
53,194

8. Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$16,970
Enrollment
28,965

9. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

In-State Tuition
$14,138
Enrollment
13,743

10. Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI

In-State Tuition
$27,400
Enrollment
1,417
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Top Skills For a Police Captain

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 12.8% of police captains listed police department on their resume, but soft skills such as empathy and physical stamina are important as well.

  • Police Department, 10.1%
  • Public Safety, 8.5%
  • Law Enforcement, 7.4%
  • Department Personnel, 6.1%
  • Police Reports, 5.6%
  • Other Skills, 62.3%
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Top Police Captain Employers

1. The George Washington University
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$43,088
Police Captains Hired: 
4+
2. United States Navy
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$45,973
Police Captains Hired: 
3+
3. Florida Keys Sheriff
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$45,648
Police Captains Hired: 
2+
4. Fullerton Police Department
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$46,513
Police Captains Hired: 
2+
5. City of Dothan
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$33,044
Police Captains Hired: 
2+
6. Warwick Police Department
3.4
Avg. Salary: 
$49,129
Police Captains Hired: 
2+

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Updated October 2, 2020