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 helps law and public safety professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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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 usually receives average salaries between 32000 and 48000 depending on seniority. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers can get a compensation of Forty Eight Thousand Four Hundred dollars every year.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers are compensated most highly in California, where they receive average pay levels of just about $78690. Professionals that work in these jobs can obtain the highest pay in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they get an average pay rate of $55880.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 4.61 percent nationwide in that time.
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $55,880
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,380
Transportation and Warehousing $52,170
Educational Services $45,910
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $45,910
Transportation and Warehousing $52,170
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,380
Public Administration $55,880
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