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Working As a Police Sergeant

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Police Sergeant Do

A Police Sergeant is responsible for supervising patrol officers and agents, as assigned. They oversee and assess the performance of subordinates, such as disciplinary actions, continued training, and counseling.

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Average Length of Employment
Police Captain 10.5 years
Police Lieutenant 10.4 years
Police Sergeant 10.0 years
Police Detective 9.6 years
Police Inspector 9.2 years
Detective Sergeant 8.8 years
Police Supervisor 7.0 years
Police Officer 6.8 years
Chief Of Police 6.0 years
Patrol Sergeant 5.8 years
Desk Sergeant 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Police Sergeant
Sergeant 4.4%
Detective 4.2%
Patrolman 2.7%
Officer 1.7%
Supervisor 1.6%
Deputy 1.2%
Top Careers After Police Sergeant
Sergeant 4.7%
Lieutenant 2.9%
Owner 2.8%
Supervisor 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
Show Salaries
$56,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Eugene, OR
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
9.6 years
How much does a Police Sergeant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Police Sergeant in the United States is $72,660 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $93,000.

Top Skills for A Police Sergeant

  1. Police Department
  2. Military Personnel
  3. Crime Scenes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned Police Department response to numerous significant events, assuring adequate staffing to maintain public safety while remaining within budget.
  • Supervised and maintained enlisted barracks facilities for 172 military personnel.
  • Field supervisor in a high crime environment with regular responsibility for tactical decisions and supervision of major crime scenes.
  • Patrol Supervisor responsible for daily shift operations.
  • Trained, counseled and assisted subordinate officers and other personnel with a variety of law enforcement and departmental procedures and protocols.

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Top 10 Best States for Police Sergeants

  1. Washington
  2. Montana
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Nevada
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Oregon
  7. Ohio
  8. West Virginia
  9. Alaska
  10. Maine
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Police Sergeant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,798 Police Sergeant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Police Sergeant Demographics

Gender

Male

81.5%

Female

9.5%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.4%

Korean

7.7%

Carrier

5.8%

French

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Portuguese

1.9%

Khmer

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Armenian

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%
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Police Sergeant Education

Schools

The Academy

15.7%

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Columbia Southern University

6.9%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.1%

Northwestern University

4.8%

Union Institute & University

4.8%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

Saint Leo University

4.2%

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Anna Maria College

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Miami Dade College

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Troy University

3.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

American University

3.0%

Johns Hopkins University

3.0%

Michigan State University

2.7%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

50.1%

Business

11.0%

Law Enforcement

8.5%

Public Administration

4.3%

Law

4.2%

Management

3.4%

Homeland Security

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%

Psychology

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Sociology

1.5%

Criminology

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

General Studies

1.2%

English

0.8%

Fire Science And Protection

0.8%

Educational Leadership

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.7%

Information Technology

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.6%

Other

27.0%

Masters

18.5%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

7.4%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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