Salary for Police 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 patrol officers work to prevent crime and protect public laws and regulations by patrolling designated areas, directing traffic as needed, actively controlling crowds and making necessary arrests. They confidently maintain public order and respond to emergencies by monitoring suspicious situations. In the event of a criminal event, they are expected to deliver medical aid to victims or those who have been involved in an accident. They are often called upon to testify in court on specific incidents and accidents. An associate's degree is required at minimum to enter this professional field.

A Police Patrol Officer will normally get a compensation between 32000 and 48000 depending on education and tenure levels. Police Patrol Officers earn a compensation of Forty Eight Thousand Four Hundred dollars per year.

Police Patrol Officers have the highest salaries in California, where they can get an average salary rate of approximating $78690. People with this job title have the highest average potential salary in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they can earn an average salary rate of $55880.

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SALARY TREND
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.
INDUSTRIES
Police 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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