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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
657,690 0.6 % $30.17 $62,760 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.46 $21.15 $28.69 $37.57 $47.36
Annual Wage (2) $34,230 $44,000 $59,680 $78,140 $98,510


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) 560,590 10.42 $30.13 $62,680
State Government (OES Designation) 60,380 2.76 $33.27 $69,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,440 0.48 $25.44 $52,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,060 0.60 $26.43 $54,980
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4,500 0.05 $24.65 $51,260

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) 560,590 10.42 $30.13 $62,680
State Government (OES Designation) 60,380 2.76 $33.27 $69,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,060 0.60 $26.43 $54,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,440 0.48 $25.44 $52,920
Junior Colleges 3,620 0.48 $24.77 $51,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 60,380 2.76 $33.27 $69,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 560,590 10.42 $30.13 $62,680
Postal Service 470 0.07 $27.19 $56,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,060 0.60 $26.43 $54,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,210 0.02 $25.73 $53,510


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 70,790 4.43 0.95 $46.47 $96,660
Texas 62,580 5.33 1.14 $29.02 $60,350
New York 47,870 5.26 1.12 $34.13 $70,990
Florida 39,020 4.75 1.01 $27.48 $57,160
Illinois 32,780 5.55 1.19 $34.06 $70,850




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 5,250 7.47 1.59 $35.22 $73,250
Mississippi 7,450 6.67 1.42 $16.61 $34,550
South Carolina 11,600 5.86 1.25 $20.28 $42,180
Georgia 24,360 5.78 1.23 $19.60 $40,770
Illinois 32,780 5.55 1.19 $34.06 $70,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 70,790 4.43 0.95 $46.47 $96,660
New Jersey 21,390 5.41 1.15 $42.06 $87,490
Alaska 1,110 3.43 0.73 $38.23 $79,510
Washington 9,210 3.00 0.64 $36.70 $76,340
District of Columbia 5,250 7.47 1.59 $35.22 $73,250





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 39,680 6.02 1.29 $35.66 $74,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 25,460 6.03 1.29 $48.05 $99,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 21,580 5.93 1.27 $37.31 $77,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 16,110 5.49 1.17 $30.28 $62,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 14,000 5.62 1.20 $33.38 $69,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,840 5.03 1.07 $21.47 $44,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,390 4.28 0.91 $31.38 $65,280
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 8,380 4.65 0.99 $34.39 $71,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,530 3.89 0.83 $31.76 $66,070
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 6,850 5.10 1.09 $30.72 $63,900