Updated August 18, 2021
Average Police Officer Salary
$47,000 yearly
$23.06 hourly

Entry level Salary
$35,000 yearly
$35,000
10 %
$47,000
Median
$64,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$64,000
$5,333
$31
75th Percentile
$56,000
$4,667
$27
Average
$47,961
$3,997
$23
25th Percentile
$41,000
$3,417
$20
10th Percentile
$35,000
$2,917
$17

Average Police Officer Salary By State

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Police Officer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$31,811
$15.29
Alaska
$67,758
$32.58
Arizona
$50,249
$24.16
Arkansas
$28,428
$13.67
California
$63,166
$30.37
Colorado
$50,728
$24.39
Connecticut
$55,050
$26.47
Delaware
$42,266
$20.32
District of Columbia
$55,256
$26.57
Florida
$39,278
$18.88
Georgia
$31,880
$15.33
Hawaii
$43,074
$20.71
Idaho
$43,732
$21.02
Illinois
$49,798
$23.94
Indiana
$38,649
$18.58
Iowa
$45,451
$21.85
Kansas
$35,331
$16.99
Kentucky
$35,067
$16.86
Louisiana
$30,406
$14.62
Maine
$55,879
$26.86
Maryland
$51,931
$24.97
Massachusetts
$52,610
$25.29
Michigan
$43,769
$21.04
Minnesota
$51,838
$24.92
Mississippi
$49,196
$23.65
Missouri
$35,528
$17.08
Montana
$46,261
$22.24
Nebraska
$43,859
$21.09
Nevada
$55,334
$26.60
New Hampshire
$53,828
$25.88
New Jersey
$50,174
$24.12
New Mexico
$40,693
$19.56
New York
$50,960
$24.50
North Carolina
$33,312
$16.02
North Dakota
$46,161
$22.19
Ohio
$43,879
$21.10
Oklahoma
$34,129
$16.41
Oregon
$64,873
$31.19
Pennsylvania
$43,402
$20.87
Rhode Island
$45,494
$21.87
South Carolina
$28,935
$13.91
South Dakota
$43,784
$21.05
Tennessee
$33,339
$16.03
Texas
$44,122
$21.21
Utah
$41,026
$19.72
Vermont
$52,264
$25.13
Virginia
$38,069
$18.30
Washington
$67,811
$32.60
West Virginia
$32,567
$15.66
Wisconsin
$45,910
$22.07
Wyoming
$44,435
$21.36

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Highest Paying Cities For Police Officer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Oakland, CA
$70,731
$34.01
Seattle, WA
$68,478
$32.92
Anchorage, AK
$68,000
$32.69
Washington, DC
$55,228
$26.55
Lake Havasu City, AZ
$54,862
$26.38
Baltimore, MD
$52,331
$25.16

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How much does a Police Officer make?

The average police officer salary is $47,961 per year, or $23.06 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, and Maine provide the highest police officer salaries.

Average Police Officer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $48,000
    $23.06
    +0.5%
    2020
    $47,700
    $22.93
    +2.2%
    2019
    $46,600
    $22.42
    +2.3%
    2018
    $45,600
    $21.91
    +2.6%
    2017
    $44,400
    $21.34
    +1.2%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Deputy

    Avg. salary: $68,473

    The duties of a deputy vary on their line of work or place of employment. In law enforcement, a deputy is primarily in charge of conducting investigations on crimes and arresting criminals, performing regular patrols on streets, responding to calls of distress, and assisting citizens in calamities, disasters, accidents, or any forms of threat. There are also instances when a deputy must serve court documents, transport detainees or suspected criminals, and monitor courtrooms. Furthermore, a deputy reports to higher-ranking officers such as a sheriff.
    3,088 Deputy Jobs
    Criminal Investigator

    Avg. salary: $53,354

    A criminal investigator is a law enforcement professional who endeavors to solve felony crimes. Criminal investigators may work alone or as a member of an investigative team whose goal is to uncover the certainty of a case and potentially keep suspects to prevent the ensuing criminal activity. Their tasks and responsibilities depend on various job functions and specialties. They may specialize in the information and evidence of a crime scene, conduct interviews and searches, or perform surveillance.
    4,363 Criminal Investigator Jobs
    Loss Prevention Analyst

    Avg. salary: $46,580

    A loss prevention analyst designs and develops loss prevention programs, typically for retail establishments. They are in charge of providing analytical services primarily to avoid or resolve cases of theft and fraud. Among their responsibilities include gathering and analyzing financial and inventory data, inspecting alarm systems and protocols, performing research and analysis to identify the best practices, determining the strengths and weaknesses of current loss prevention techniques, and implementing solutions against vulnerable areas. Furthermore, a loss prevention analyst must maintain an active communication line with managers and loss prevention officers for a smooth and efficient workflow.
    49,086 Loss Prevention Analyst Jobs
    Loss Prevention Agent

    Avg. salary: $26,787

    A loss prevention agent is responsible for averting theft and securing a retail store or similar establishment. They are primarily in charge of monitoring surveillance cameras and roaming around the premises while dressed in civilian clothing, all to observe the surroundings and spot any suspicious behavior. Furthermore, a loss prevention agent must adhere to the policies and standards of the establishment, implement safety and security measures, and coordinate with the police should there be any person caught stealing.
    93,455 Loss Prevention Agent Jobs
    Detective

    Avg. salary: $48,213

    A detective is responsible for conducting in-depth investigations for criminal activities, potential threats, and other law-violating incidents, coordinating closely with law-enforcement agencies and crime intelligence analysts. Detectives often work on the field, gathering data and related evidence to support claims and connect the timeline of events. They keep an organized record of their findings for further validation before reporting it to the authority. A detective must have excellent investigative and critical-thinking skills, especially on solving puzzles and security solutions.
    1,592 Detective Jobs
    Deputy Sheriff

    Avg. salary: $51,260

    A deputy sheriff is a law enforcement officer who serves the public by preventing and intervening crimes at a particular county, including multiple small towns and several larger cities. Deputy Sheriffs are first responders to emergencies such as criminal activities, vehicle accidents, weather incidents, and medical emergencies. They are present in courthouses to guard courtrooms and inmates who are transported from prisons. As law enforcers, they are also required to have an understanding of the laws of their jurisdiction.
    51,328 Deputy Sheriff Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Deputy
    $68,473
    $5,706
    $32.92
    3,088
    Criminal Investigator
    $53,354
    $4,446
    $25.65
    4,363
    Loss Prevention Analyst
    $46,581
    $3,882
    $22.39
    49,086
    Loss Prevention Agent
    $26,787
    $2,232
    $12.88
    93,455
    Detective
    $48,213
    $4,018
    $23.18
    1,592
    Deputy Sheriff
    $51,260
    $4,272
    $24.64
    51,328
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    Police Officer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $40,100
    $19.28
    Mid Level
    $50,500
    $24.26
    Senior Level
    $61,500
    $29.57

    Which Companies Pay Police Officers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a police officer, working for City of Mountain View or City of Modesto might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like City of Pasadena and City of Anaheim report highly competitive wages for police officers.
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    Recently Added Police Officer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Town of Hayden
    Police Officer I, Lateral Police Officer, Police Recruit
    Police Officer I, Lateral Police Officer, Police Recruit
    Hayden, CO
    08/31/2021
    $51,382
    08/31/2021
    City of Grand Forks
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND
    08/31/2021
    $55,296
    08/31/2021
    City of Turlock
    Police Officer Trainee
    Police Officer Trainee
    Turlock, CA
    08/31/2021
    $53,448
    08/31/2021
    City of Cloquet
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Cloquet, MN
    08/31/2021
    $51,221
    08/31/2021
    Scotts Valley Police Deparment
    Police Officers: Lateral
    Police Officers: Lateral
    Scotts Valley, CA
    08/31/2021
    $72,528
    08/31/2021
    Village of Schaumburg
    Police Auxiliary Officer
    Police Auxiliary Officer
    Schaumburg, IL
    08/31/2021
    $47,751
    08/31/2021
    City of Eugene
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Eugene, OR
    08/31/2021
    $65,832
    08/31/2021
    City of Lenexa, Kansas
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Shawnee, KS
    08/31/2021
    $44,188
    08/31/2021
    Zion Police Department
    Police Officer Process
    Police Officer Process
    Chicago, IL
    08/31/2021
    $70,000
    08/31/2021
    Grayson College
    Police Officer
    Police Officer
    Denison, TX
    08/31/2021
    $40,822
    08/31/2021

    Average Police Officer Salary by Demographic

    Police Officer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $53,460
    female-income
    Female Income
    $51,297
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$53,460
    Female$51,297
    Median Police Officer Income by Race
    Hispanic or latino police officers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american police officers have the lowest average salary at $48,896.
    $55,000
    $44,000
    $33,000
    $22,000
    $11,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$50,903
    Black or African American$48,896
    Asian$54,899
    Hispanic or Latino$54,970
    Average Police Officer Salary by Education Level
    Police officers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $61,796 annually. With a Bachelors degree, police officers earn a median annual income of $56,687 compared to $53,460 for police officers with an Associate degree.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$50,507
    Master's Degree$61,796
    Bachelor's Degree$56,687
    Some College/ Associate Degree$53,460