Updated August 22, 2022

Average Police Officer Salary

$52,638yearly

$25.31 hourly

Entry level Salary
$38,000 yearly
$38,000
10 %
$52,638
Median
$71,000
90 %

How much does a Police Officer make?

Police officers make $52,638 per year on average, or $25.31 per hour, in the United States. Police officers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $71,000.

Location impacts how much a police officer can expect to make. Police officers make the most in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and North Dakota.

Highest Paying States For Police Officers

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

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Police Officer average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1California$67,408$32.415,849
2Washington$73,316$35.251,131
3Oregon$70,488$33.89631
4Nevada$56,042$26.94385
5Colorado$61,400$29.52917
6Minnesota$59,433$28.571,083
7North Dakota$62,265$29.94138
8Alaska$78,839$37.9092
9Vermont$60,112$28.9098
10New York$55,639$26.752,353
11Connecticut$60,266$28.97429
12Massachusetts$56,693$27.261,393
13Ohio$50,537$24.301,784
14Rhode Island$52,850$25.41206
15Maryland$56,143$26.991,059
16Illinois$56,211$27.021,759
17New Jersey$55,401$26.641,303
18Wisconsin$51,430$24.73864
19Nebraska$49,726$23.91410
20Idaho$49,067$23.59349
21Pennsylvania$48,782$23.452,106
22Arizona$50,130$24.10961
23Wyoming$54,894$26.3938
24Michigan$50,274$24.171,153
25District of Columbia$60,393$29.04140
26New Hampshire$50,646$24.35237
27Iowa$50,441$24.25447
28Missouri$43,930$21.121,058
29Utah$49,292$23.70418
30Montana$50,478$24.27113
31Texas$48,083$23.122,541
32Delaware$50,191$24.13141
33Virginia$42,314$20.341,699
34Kentucky$37,638$18.10759
35New Mexico$42,590$20.48300
36Indiana$43,189$20.76892
37South Dakota$45,256$21.76123
38Oklahoma$36,849$17.72507
39Maine$41,492$19.95177
40Hawaii$40,510$19.48133
41West Virginia$42,308$20.34178
42Florida$43,231$20.781,878
43Tennessee$36,744$17.67808
44Georgia$35,626$17.131,459
45Kansas$39,151$18.82316
46Mississippi$30,822$14.82338
47North Carolina$36,157$17.381,257
48Arkansas$31,955$15.36366
49Louisiana$33,047$15.89419
50South Carolina$33,558$16.13564
51Alabama$31,858$15.32555

Highest Paying Cities For Police Officers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Anchorage, AK$78,724$37.85
2Bellingham, WA$74,409$35.77
3Richmond, CA$73,569$35.37
4Eugene, OR$70,639$33.96
5Boulder, CO$61,857$29.74
6Washington, DC$60,406$29.04
7Minneapolis, MN$59,394$28.55
8Boston, MA$56,736$27.28
9Baltimore, MD$56,506$27.17
10Chicago, IL$56,366$27.10
11Las Vegas, NV$55,281$26.58
12Yuma, AZ$51,096$24.57
13Ann Arbor, MI$50,015$24.05
14Salt Lake City, UT$49,427$23.76
15Fort Worth, TX$47,886$23.02

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Anchorage, AK
  2. Bellingham, WA
  3. Richmond, CA
  4. Eugene, OR
  5. Boulder, CO

Police Officer Salary Details

Average Police Officer Salary Graph
Average Police Officer Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Police Officer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
75th Percentile$61,000$5,083$29
Average$52,638$4,387$25
25th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
10th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Deputy$53,682$4,473$25.8156,150
Criminal Investigator$54,520$4,543$26.215,131
Loss Prevention Analyst$38,684$3,224$18.6062,658
Loss Prevention Agent$36,455$3,038$17.53103,534
Detective$57,984$4,832$27.8856,521
Deputy Sheriff$50,143$4,179$24.1165,303

Which Companies Pay Police Officers The Most?

The highest paying companies for police officers are Icma-rc and The Midland Group according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like University of California, Berkeley and University of Alaska report highly competitive wages for police officers.

Police Officer Salary Trends

The salary for a police officer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $41,512, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $52,638 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $66,752. 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.

Police Officer Salary By Experience Level

Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
Entry Level$41,500$19.96
Mid Level$54,900$26.40
Senior Level$66,800$32.09

Average Police Officer Salary Over Time

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

    Police Officer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$52,600$25.31+3.6%
    2021$50,700$24.38+2.8%
    2020$49,300$23.70+0.5%
    2019$49,000$23.57+2.2%
    2018$47,900$23.04+2.3%

    Recently Added Police Officer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    State University of New York at CobleskillUniversity Police Officer 2Cobleskill, NY07/26/2022$69,017
    Grayson CollegePolice OfficerDenison, TX07/26/2022$40,843
    City of Westminster, CoPolice Officer TraineeWestminster, CO07/26/2022$67,496
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSworn Police OfficerCharlotte, NC07/26/2022$52,175
    City of Albuquerque, NmPolice Officer 2Nd Class P2C-LateralAlbuquerque, NM07/26/2022$48,022
    City of AnaheimPolice Officer TraineeAnaheim, CA07/26/2022$78,229
    University of ColoradoPolice Officer RecruitAurora, CO07/25/2022$60,000
    City of Yuma, AzPolice Officer (Non-Certified)Yuma, AZ07/25/2022$53,260
    South Carolina Job BoardPolice OfficerFlorence, SC07/25/2022$37,000
    The City of ArvadaPolice Officer-Certified/LateralArvada, CO07/25/2022$71,501

    Police Officer Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Police Officers The Most?

    Alaska pays Police Officers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $78,839 per year, or $37.90 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Police Officer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Police Officer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $73,316 per year.

    What Type Of Police Officer Gets Paid The Most?

    Police Sergeant gets paid the most. Police Sergeant made a median salary of $65,562. The best-paid 10 percent make $77,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $55,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For A Police Officer?

    A good starting salary for a police officer is $35,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a police officer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for police officers is $48,353, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a police officer can vary by state.

    Do Police Officers Get Paid Well?

    Yes, police officers can get paid well. On average, they make $47,000 yearly (about $3,997 monthly or $23 hourly).

    As most jobs go, factors like location and experience can determine your exact pay. On the lower end of the salary range, they can make about $35,000, typically for entry-level positions or low-paying states like Kansas and Missouri. On the higher end, they can earn more than $64,000.

    What Is The Highest-paid Law Enforcement Job?

    The highest-paid law enforcement job is a judge. Judges in the United States have an average salary of $170,000 per year.

    Other law enforcement positions with high average annual salaries include:

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