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How much does a Police Officer make in the United States?

Average Police Officer Hourly Wage in the United States

Police Officers earn a median hourly wage of $28.04. Hourly wages typically start from $16.07 and go up to $46.21.

Average Police Officer Yearly Salary in the United States

Police Officers earn a median salary of $58,320 per year. Salaries typically start from $33,430 and go up to $96,110.

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    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Police Officer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Police Officer Earnings

The highest earning Police Officers in the United States earn:

$46.21
an hour
$96,110
per year
Senior Police Officer Earnings

Senior Police Officers in the United States earn:

$36.62
an hour
$76,160
per year
Experienced Police Officer Earnings

Experienced Police Officers in the United States earn:

$28.04
an hour
$58,320
per year
Junior Police Officer Earnings

Junior Police Officers in the United States earn:

$20.63
an hour
$42,910
per year
Starting Police Officer Earnings

Starting Police Officers in the United States earn:

$16.07
an hour
$33,430
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Police Officer salary comparison

Police Officers earn more than 50% percent of Law careers. Police Officer salaries are in the top 61% of all careers in the United States.

Judge Salary $126k
Compliance Manager Salary $105k
Customs Inspector Salary $79k
Arbitrator Salary $60k
Police Officer Salary $58k
Fish And Game Warden Salary $52k
Judicial Law Clerk Salary $50k
Probation Officer Salary $49k
Legal Secretary Salary $43k
Correctional Officer Salary $40k
Legislator Salary $20k

Historical salary for Police Officers in the United States

Police Officer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Police Officer Salary in California $45.62 $94,890 # 1
Police Officer Salary in New Jersey $45.00 $93,590 # 2
Police Officer Salary in Alaska $37.45 $77,900 # 3
Police Officer Salary in Washington $36.03 $74,950 # 4
Police Officer Salary in District of Columbia $34.04 $70,790 # 5
Police Officer Salary in Nevada $34.62 $72,010 # 6
Police Officer Salary in Illinois $35.17 $73,140 # 7
Police Officer Salary in New York $33.25 $69,150 # 8
Police Officer Salary in Connecticut $32.46 $67,520 # 9
Police Officer Salary in Oregon $32.78 $68,180 # 10
Police Officer Salary in Delaware $31.49 $65,500 # 11
Police Officer Salary in Colorado $32.37 $67,330 # 12
Police Officer Salary in Hawaii $31.62 $65,770 # 13
Police Officer Salary in Massachusetts $30.22 $62,850 # 14
Police Officer Salary in Pennsylvania $32.11 $66,790 # 15
Police Officer Salary in Maryland $29.20 $60,740 # 16
Police Officer Salary in Arizona $30.67 $63,800 # 17
Police Officer Salary in Minnesota $29.49 $61,330 # 18
Police Officer Salary in Texas $28.14 $58,520 # 19
Police Officer Salary in Florida $26.47 $55,050 # 20
Police Officer Salary in Michigan $27.99 $58,230 # 21
Police Officer Salary in Ohio $27.60 $57,410 # 22
Police Officer Salary in Rhode Island $26.84 $55,820 # 23
Police Officer Salary in Iowa $26.04 $54,170 # 24
Police Officer Salary in Wisconsin $26.32 $54,750 # 25
Police Officer Salary in Nebraska $26.18 $54,460 # 26
Police Officer Salary in Wyoming $25.43 $52,890 # 27
Police Officer Salary in Virginia $23.97 $49,860 # 28
Police Officer Salary in New Hampshire $25.22 $52,460 # 29
Police Officer Salary in North Dakota $24.40 $50,740 # 30
Police Officer Salary in Idaho $23.27 $48,400 # 31
Police Officer Salary in Montana $23.74 $49,370 # 32
Police Officer Salary in Indiana $22.94 $47,710 # 33
Police Officer Salary in Utah $23.05 $47,950 # 34
Police Officer Salary in New Mexico $23.80 $49,490 # 35
Police Officer Salary in Vermont $22.13 $46,020 # 36
Police Officer Salary in Missouri $21.05 $43,790 # 37
Police Officer Salary in Kansas $21.13 $43,950 # 38
Police Officer Salary in South Dakota $20.35 $42,330 # 39
Police Officer Salary in Oklahoma $19.48 $40,510 # 40
Police Officer Salary in Maine $20.88 $43,430 # 41
Police Officer Salary in Tennessee $20.34 $42,310 # 42
Police Officer Salary in North Carolina $19.84 $41,260 # 43
Police Officer Salary in Alabama $19.61 $40,790 # 44
Police Officer Salary in Kentucky $20.29 $42,200 # 45
Police Officer Salary in West Virginia $19.76 $41,100 # 46
Police Officer Salary in South Carolina $18.27 $38,000 # 47
Police Officer Salary in Georgia $18.47 $38,430 # 48
Police Officer Salary in Louisiana $18.24 $37,940 # 49
Police Officer Salary in Arkansas $17.28 $35,950 # 50
Police Officer Salary in Mississippi $16.07 $33,430 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Police Officer

Interested in becoming a Police Officer? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good police officer? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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