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Police Officer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$53,000
$36,000
$53,000
$80,000
The average police officer makes about $53,940 per year. That's $25.93 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $36,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $80,000. Many of police officers seem to be drawn to government and education companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case police officers tend to work at government, professional, and finance companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Washington, Idaho and Nevada pay police officers the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Tacoma, WA
$72,064
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Map of Police Officer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Police Officers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Police Officer Salary By Location

While a police officer can average a salary of $53,940 per year, or $25.93 per hour, there are many opportunities for police officers to make more. For example, in Tacoma, WA you might make $72,064 per year. Other high-paying locations include Richmond, CA, Portland, OR and Charleston, WV. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Tacoma, WA where the average starting salary is $37,000. The highest paying states for police officers include Washington, Idaho and Nevada. Meanwhile, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Alabama offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Richmond, CA
Richmond, CA
$71,733
$72k
Charleston, WV
Charleston, WV
$59,174
$59k
Yuma, AZ
Yuma, AZ
$56,824
$57k
Boulder, CO
Boulder, CO
$56,564
$57k
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
$55,459
$55k

High Paying Police Officer Jobs

Average Police Officer Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a police officer, working for Community Health Network or Kansas State School for the Blind might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like The University of Arizona and Mississippi State University report highly competitive salaries for police officers.

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Police Officer Salary History

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    Average Police Officer Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, police officer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that government, professional, and finance companies tend to offer much higher salaries for police officers. For example, police officers make a whopping average salary of $55,255 while working for government companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $53,756 at professional companies and $50,939 at finance companies. But police officers may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $50,619.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Government
    Government
    $55,255
    $55k
    Professional
    Professional
    $53,756
    $54k
    Finance
    Finance
    $50,939
    $51k
    Retail
    Retail
    $50,619
    $51k

    Police Officer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a police officer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Police Officer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    City of Phoenix Police Department
    City of Phoenix Police Department
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix, AZ
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $85,000
    $85,000
    10/31/2020
    City of Yuma
    City of Yuma
    Certified Police Officer
    Certified Police Officer
    Certified Police Officer
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $53,740
    $53,740
    10/31/2020
    Police Officer, Cdbg Program Administrator, Planner
    Police Officer, Cdbg Program Administrator, Planner
    Dothan, AL
    Dothan, AL
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $59,654
    $59,654
    10/31/2020
    City of Oakley
    City of Oakley
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Oakley, CA
    Oakley, CA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $81,012
    $81,012
    10/31/2020
    City of Waterville
    City of Waterville
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Waterville, OH
    Waterville, OH
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $45,705
    $45,705
    10/31/2020
    Police Officer (Academy Student)
    Police Officer (Academy Student)
    Livermore, CA
    Livermore, CA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $70,666
    $70,666
    10/30/2020
    City of Ames
    City of Ames
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Ames, IA
    Ames, IA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $56,527
    $56,527
    10/30/2020
    Lehi City Ut
    Lehi City Ut
    Police Officer (Lateral)
    Police Officer (Lateral)
    Police Officer (Lateral)
    Lehi, UT
    Lehi, UT
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $61,043
    $61,043
    10/30/2020
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $89,618
    $89,618
    10/30/2020
    Albuquerque Public Schools
    Albuquerque Public Schools
    Police Officer 183 Day Contract, E-3 (Re-Advertised)
    Police Officer 183 Day Contract, E-3 (Re-Advertised)
    Police Officer 183 Day Contract, E-3 (Re-Advertised)
    Albuquerque, NM
    Albuquerque, NM
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/30/2020