Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
653,740 0.6 % $29.45 $61,270 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.07 $20.63 $28.04 $36.62 $46.21
Annual Wage (2) $33,430 $42,910 $58,320 $76,160 $96,110


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) 559,640 10.45 $29.43 $61,210
State Government (OES Designation) 59,390 2.69 $32.30 $67,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 13,660 0.46 $24.70 $51,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,770 0.59 $26.18 $54,460
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4,080 0.05 $23.47 $48,810

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) 559,640 10.45 $29.43 $61,210
State Government (OES Designation) 59,390 2.69 $32.30 $67,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,770 0.59 $26.18 $54,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 13,660 0.46 $24.70 $51,390
Junior Colleges 3,210 0.42 $24.09 $50,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 59,390 2.69 $32.30 $67,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 559,640 10.45 $29.43 $61,210
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $28.55 $59,370
Postal Service 450 0.07 $27.33 $56,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,770 0.59 $26.18 $54,460


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 70,930 4.58 0.97 $44.98 $93,550
Texas 60,790 5.25 1.11 $28.23 $58,710
New York 49,020 5.46 1.15 $33.24 $69,140
Florida 40,370 5.09 1.07 $27.61 $57,420
Illinois 31,710 5.42 1.14 $33.61 $69,910



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 5,230 7.73 1.63 $34.62 $72,000
Mississippi 7,320 6.61 1.39 $16.03 $33,350
Georgia 24,670 6.01 1.27 $19.00 $39,510
South Carolina 11,260 5.84 1.23 $19.40 $40,340
New Jersey 22,810 5.84 1.23 $42.87 $89,160



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 70,930 4.58 0.97 $44.98 $93,550
New Jersey 22,810 5.84 1.23 $42.87 $89,160
Alaska 1,090 3.32 0.70 $37.13 $77,230
Washington 8,770 2.94 0.62 $35.66 $74,170
District of Columbia 5,230 7.73 1.63 $34.62 $72,000




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 41,170 6.35 1.34 $35.33 $73,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 25,450 6.20 1.31 $46.54 $96,810
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 21,220 5.94 1.25 $35.99 $74,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 15,800 5.39 1.14 $29.34 $61,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,840 5.73 1.21 $32.58 $67,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,640 5.10 1.08 $20.80 $43,260
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,320 4.43 0.93 $30.76 $63,990
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 7,860 4.46 0.94 $33.30 $69,260
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 7,770 7.11 1.50 $35.26 $73,350
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,470 3.98 0.84 $30.90 $64,260