Police Officer Salary in the US

$53,890
per year
per hour
$25.91
per hour
per year

Police Officer - Average Salary

The average salary for a Police Officer is $53,890 per year ($25.91 per hour), which is $400 (+0.7%) higher than the average salary in the US.
A Police Officer can expect an average starting salary of $33,610. The highest salaries can exceed $114,819.
$33,610
Low
$53,890
Average salary
$114,819
High
$16.16
Low
$25.91
Average salary
$55.20
High

Police Officer Salary Range

Low
$33,610
Average salary
$53,890
Experienced
$62,781
High
$114,819
Low
$16.16
Average salary
$25.91
Experienced
$30.18
High
$55.20
Among Cops in the US, Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers and School Police Officers tend to have the lowest wages, while Police Officers with the NSA (National Security Agency), the Amtrak Police Department (APD), the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and specialized Law Enforcement Officers like K9 Officers (Canine Officers) enjoy the highest wages.

Police Officer - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
MTA Police Officer$99K/year
+84% 
K9 Officer$65K/year
+21% 
Amtrak Police Officer$58K/year
+8% 
NSA Police Officer$56K/year
+4% 
Police Sergeant$55K/year
+2% 
Environmental Police Officer$53K/year
 -2%
Patrol Officer$49K/year
 -9%
School Police Officer$49K/year
 -10%
Military Police Officer$47K/year
 -13%
Auxiliary Police Officer$42K/year
 -22%

Police Officer - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Police Officer with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $35,000 per year. A mid career Police Officer with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $51,000, while an experienced Police Officer with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $62,000. Cops with more than 20 years of experience earn $70,000 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Police Officer

Late Career▲ +30%
Experienced▲ +15%
Average Salary$53,890/year
Mid Career▼ -5%
Entry Level▼ -35%

Gender Breakdown

Female
11%
Male
89%

Police Officer - Jobs by Location

Police Officer - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Police Officer jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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