Police Officer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Community Health Network
Highest Paying City
Tacoma, WA
Highest Paying State
Average Experience Level
6.8 years
How much does a police officer make?
The national average salary for a Police Officer in the United States is $53,940 per year or $25.93 per hour. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 44,000. The top 10 percent earn over $80,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $36,000 annually. The most abundant employment opportunities for Police Officers are in Government companies and Education companies. States with the highest Police Officer salaries include Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Indiana. The typical employment for a Police Officer is 6.8 years.
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Average Police Officer Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Police Officer in the USA is $53,940 annually or $25.93 hourly. The top city when it comes to Police Officer salaries is Tacoma, WA at $72,064 per year. The average entry-level salary in Tacoma, WA is $37,000. Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Indiana are the states with the highest payscale for Police Officers. North Dakota, Minnesota, Alabama, North Carolina, and Oklahoma are the lowest earners.

Map of Police Officer Salaries

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

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Average Police Officer Salary By Company

If you are a Police Officer, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. Government companies and Education companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. The two companies that report the highest salaries for Police Officers are Community Health Network and Kansas State School for the Blind. In addition, companies like The University of Arizona and Mississippi State University report highly competitive salaries for Police Officers.

Average Police Officer Pay By Industry

Police Officer salaries can vary depending on the industry. Our analysis shows that Government companies, Retail companies, and Professional companies pay higher-than-average wages for Police Officers. Government companies pay their Police Officers the highest wages, averaging $54,558 per year. Retail companies and Professional companies pay well too, at $54,135 and $53,184, respectively. The average salary for Police Officers in the Finance industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $50,620.
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Police Officer Salary History

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National Average
Ashburn, VA

Police Officer Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Police Officer can range from $45,094 to $69,185 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

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