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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2023

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. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.


National estimates for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Industry profile for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Geographic profile for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

National estimates for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
646,310 0.5 % $ 36.80 $ 76,550 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 21.73 $ 26.33 $ 34.75 $ 44.43 $ 53.70
Annual Wage (2) $ 45,200 $ 54,770 $ 72,280 $ 92,410 $ 111,700


Industry profile for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding Schools and Hospitals (OEWS Designation) 549,340 9.97 $ 36.89 $ 76,720
State Government, excluding Schools and Hospitals (OEWS Designation) 55,760 2.63 $ 39.54 $ 82,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,390 0.47 $ 31.77 $ 66,070
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding State and Local Government Schools and Hospitals and the U.S. Postal Service (OEWS Designation) 11,800 0.55 $ 34.02 $ 70,770
Elementary and Secondary Schools 8,500 0.10 $ 30.87 $ 64,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding Schools and Hospitals (OEWS Designation) 549,340 9.97 $ 36.89 $ 76,720
State Government, excluding Schools and Hospitals (OEWS Designation) 55,760 2.63 $ 39.54 $ 82,250
Junior Colleges 3,660 0.58 $ 29.02 $ 60,370
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding State and Local Government Schools and Hospitals and the U.S. Postal Service (OEWS Designation) 11,800 0.55 $ 34.02 $ 70,770
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,390 0.47 $ 31.77 $ 66,070

Top paying industries for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding Schools and Hospitals (OEWS Designation) 55,760 2.63 $ 39.54 $ 82,250
Support Activities for Air Transportation 170 0.07 $ 38.63 $ 80,360
Local Government, excluding Schools and Hospitals (OEWS Designation) 549,340 9.97 $ 36.89 $ 76,720
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 290 0.07 $ 34.81 $ 72,400
Postal Service (Federal Government) 370 0.06 $ 34.77 $ 72,320


Geographic profile for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of police and sheriff's patrol officers by state, May 2023


States with the highest employment level in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 68,010 3.79 0.89 $ 53.74 $ 111,770
Texas 57,760 4.26 1.00 $ 35.38 $ 73,600
Florida 48,030 5.02 1.18 $ 37.73 $ 78,480
New York 37,910 4.04 0.95 $ 42.98 $ 89,400
Illinois 30,550 5.08 1.19 $ 42.13 $ 87,630


Map of location quotient of police and sheriff's patrol officers by state, May 2023


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 5,010 7.14 1.68 $ 39.82 $ 82,820
Louisiana 12,670 6.84 1.61 $ 23.72 $ 49,340
Mississippi 7,390 6.43 1.51 $ 20.62 $ 42,900
Alabama 12,770 6.22 1.46 $ 25.13 $ 52,270
South Carolina 12,330 5.55 1.30 $ 25.38 $ 52,800


Map of annual mean wages of police and sheriff's patrol officers by state, May 2023


Top paying states for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 68,010 3.79 0.89 $ 53.74 $ 111,770
Washington 8,700 2.49 0.58 $ 47.15 $ 98,070
Alaska 1,280 4.11 0.96 $ 45.51 $ 94,660
New Jersey 21,330 5.08 1.19 $ 45.23 $ 94,070
Hawaii 2,380 3.86 0.91 $ 43.20 $ 89,850



Map of employment of police and sheriff's patrol officers by area, May 2023


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 40,620 4.28 1.01 $ 46.91 $ 97,560
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 24,610 5.46 1.28 $ 44.54 $ 92,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 23,980 3.88 0.91 $ 53.91 $ 112,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 19,870 7.30 1.72 $ 47.69 $ 99,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,480 4.56 1.07 $ 35.74 $ 74,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 14,470 4.68 1.10 $ 38.55 $ 80,190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,070 3.55 0.83 $ 39.92 $ 83,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 13,190 4.66 1.10 $ 41.40 $ 86,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,970 4.60 1.08 $ 29.61 $ 61,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 11,480 4.16 0.98 $ 38.32 $ 79,700


Map of location quotient of police and sheriff's patrol officers by area, May 2023


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Charles, LA 990 10.82 2.54 $ 23.82 $ 49,550
Punta Gorda, FL 550 10.26 2.41 $ 31.90 $ 66,350
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 1,750 10.24 2.41 $ 26.16 $ 54,420
Gadsden, AL 310 9.55 2.24 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Hinesville, GA 190 9.17 2.15 $ 23.28 $ 48,410
The Villages, FL 300 7.82 1.84 $ 29.38 $ 61,110
Laredo, TX 820 7.80 1.83 $ 37.49 $ 77,990
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 340 7.72 1.81 $ 23.84 $ 49,580
Dothan, AL 460 7.66 1.80 $ 24.56 $ 51,080
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 260 7.65 1.80 $ 31.31 $ 65,130