Occupation Snapshot | Police and sheriff's patrol officers, 2015-2019 | January 2021
Police and sheriff's patrol officers maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. They 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. This occupation includes police officers working at educational institutions.
As of May 2019, there were 665,280 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $32.50 and the average annual wage was $67,600.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In this occupation, there were 26,350 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 429.3.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 86 for police and sheriff's patrol officers during 2019, compared to 108 during 2018.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 4, 2021