How Much Do Police Patrol Officers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Police Patrol Officers

Police Patrol Officers patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$70000 per year
Hourly wage
$34 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$38,420 to $48,950 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $24 per hour

Entry-level Police Patrol Officers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $38,420 to $48,950 per year or $18 to $24 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Police Patrol Officers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $52 $109,040
Senior (Top 25%) $42 $86,880
Middle (Mid 50%) $32 $65,540
Junior (Bottom 25%) $24 $48,950
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $38,420

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $52 $107,440
NJ $44 $90,700
AK $42 $88,120
WA $40 $82,740
HI $39 $81,460
NY $39 $80,210
DC $38 $79,600
IL $38 $78,450
CO $38 $78,230
DE $37 $77,010

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Police Patrol Officer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Police Patrol Officers are in the states of CA, NJ, AK, WA and HI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $77230 $37.13
Local Government $69940 $33.63
Federal Executive Branch $62050 $29.83
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $59790 $28.75
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $59700 $28.70
Elementary and Secondary Schools $58860 $28.30
Junior Colleges $56970 $27.39
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $56790 $27.30
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $54210 $26.06
Postal Service (Federal Government) $54160 $26.04
Specialty Hospitals $46940 $22.57

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