Occupation Snapshot | Police officers, 2016–2020 | January 2022
Police 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, railroads, and transit properties.
As of May 2020, there were 658,700 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $33.66, and the average annual wage was $70,010.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In this occupation, there were 39,000 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 682.5.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 105 for police officers during 2020, compared to 86 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) 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 program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: January 27, 2022