Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
635,380 0.5 % $28.23 $58,720 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.71 $20.15 $26.99 $35.44 $43.60
Annual Wage (2) $32,670 $41,910 $56,130 $73,710 $90,700


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 542,450 9.90 $28.22 $58,700
State Government (OES Designation) 61,190 2.79 $30.34 $63,100
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 12,160 0.42 $24.09 $50,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,110 0.60 $25.49 $53,010
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3,260 0.04 $22.20 $46,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 542,450 9.90 $28.22 $58,700
State Government (OES Designation) 61,190 2.79 $30.34 $63,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,110 0.60 $25.49 $53,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 12,160 0.42 $24.09 $50,100
Junior Colleges 2,330 0.31 $22.00 $45,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 61,190 2.79 $30.34 $63,100
Local Government (OES Designation) 542,450 9.90 $28.22 $58,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 140 0.06 $26.17 $54,430
Postal Service 460 0.08 $25.68 $53,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,040 0.02 $25.60 $53,250


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 68,340 4.64 0.97 $41.37 $86,040
Texas 56,890 5.21 1.09 $25.50 $53,030
New York 50,390 5.84 1.22 $33.98 $70,670
Florida 36,550 4.90 1.02 $27.54 $57,280
Illinois 31,290 5.48 1.14 $32.97 $68,570




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,140 7.72 1.61 $33.38 $69,420
Mississippi 7,070 6.53 1.36 $15.30 $31,820
Alabama 10,850 5.89 1.23 $19.73 $41,040
New York 50,390 5.84 1.22 $33.98 $70,670
Louisiana 10,840 5.75 1.20 $18.73 $38,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 21,130 5.53 1.15 $42.41 $88,220
California 68,340 4.64 0.97 $41.37 $86,040
Alaska 1,100 3.40 0.71 $35.57 $73,990
New York 50,390 5.84 1.22 $33.98 $70,670
Washington 8,160 2.89 0.60 $33.96 $70,640





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 36,160 6.90 1.44 $35.79 $74,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,290 6.11 1.27 $41.48 $86,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 21,960 5.94 1.24 $35.67 $74,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,710 5.79 1.21 $31.07 $64,630
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,520 4.90 1.02 $26.22 $54,530
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,310 6.15 1.28 $30.09 $62,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,430 4.52 0.94 $20.02 $41,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,570 4.45 0.93 $28.04 $58,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 8,050 6.28 1.31 $27.72 $57,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,980 4.56 0.95 $28.45 $59,170