Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
638,810 0.6 % $28.64 $59,560 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.88 $20.32 $27.31 $36.00 $44.45
Annual Wage (2) $33,030 $42,260 $56,810 $74,870 $92,450


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) 547,520 10.30 $28.57 $59,430
State Government (OES Designation) 59,030 2.71 $31.38 $65,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 12,570 0.43 $24.44 $50,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,690 0.59 $26.02 $54,110
Elementary and Secondary Schools 3,310 0.04 $21.87 $45,500

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) 547,520 10.30 $28.57 $59,430
State Government (OES Designation) 59,030 2.71 $31.38 $65,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,690 0.59 $26.02 $54,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 12,570 0.43 $24.44 $50,840
Junior Colleges 2,770 0.36 $22.86 $47,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 59,030 2.71 $31.38 $65,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 547,520 10.30 $28.57 $59,430
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 150 0.06 $26.79 $55,730
Postal Service 460 0.08 $26.50 $55,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,120 0.02 $26.15 $54,400


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 68,220 4.51 0.95 $42.08 $87,520
Texas 55,270 4.92 1.04 $25.93 $53,940
New York 50,060 5.68 1.20 $34.76 $72,310
Florida 38,390 5.01 1.06 $27.72 $57,650
Illinois 31,230 5.42 1.15 $32.93 $68,500



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 5,240 7.77 1.64 $33.46 $69,590
Mississippi 7,140 6.52 1.38 $15.74 $32,740
Alabama 10,780 5.81 1.23 $20.15 $41,910
New Jersey 22,200 5.74 1.21 $42.56 $88,530
Louisiana 10,980 5.73 1.21 $18.94 $39,400



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 22,200 5.74 1.21 $42.56 $88,530
California 68,220 4.51 0.95 $42.08 $87,520
Alaska 1,100 3.37 0.71 $36.38 $75,670
New York 50,060 5.68 1.20 $34.76 $72,310
Washington 8,030 2.77 0.59 $34.73 $72,240




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 36,680 6.80 1.44 $36.21 $75,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,610 6.07 1.28 $41.86 $87,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 21,840 5.82 1.23 $35.29 $73,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,750 5.78 1.22 $31.50 $65,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,700 4.82 1.02 $26.66 $55,460
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,660 6.26 1.32 $30.86 $64,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,910 4.57 0.97 $19.92 $41,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,820 4.39 0.93 $28.40 $59,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,020 4.47 0.94 $29.46 $61,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 7,760 4.25 0.90 $29.98 $62,360