Salary for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Also known as:  Border Guard, Border Patrol Officer, Constable, Cop, Deputy Sheriff, Highway Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Police, Mounted Police, Park Police, Patrol Officer

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Police and sheriff's Patrol Officers work to maintain public order and protect public and private property by patrolling designated areas, investigating accidents and directing traffic as necessary. Additionally, they are called upon to arrest suspects in criminal cases, serve legal papers and issue traffic citations. They are critical thinkers who are able to analyze a situation quickly and act in the best interest of public safety. They have extensive knowledge of local, state and federal laws as a means to providing excellent public protection, and implementing crime prevention techniques. A bachelor's degree is required for employment in this professional post.

A Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer can earn average salaries of between $38,420 - $109,040 based on the level of education. will normally receive salaries of seventy thousand dollars on an annual basis.

can expect the most salary in California, where they can get compensation, on average, of close to about $107,440. People with this job title have the most lucrative average salary level in Public Administration, where they receive average wages of $70,480.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.54 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$70,480
Educational Services
$59,180
Health Care and Social Assistance
$58,000
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$56,790
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,460

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Transportation and Warehousing
$56,460
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$56,790
Health Care and Social Assistance
$58,000
Educational Services
$59,180
Public Administration
$70,480