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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
665,280 0.5 % $32.50 $67,600 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.77 $22.69 $30.36 $40.60 $50.59
Annual Wage (2) $36,960 $47,190 $63,150 $84,440 $105,230


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 565,300 10.20 $32.44 $67,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 61,130 2.81 $36.11 $75,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,160 0.49 $27.87 $57,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,490 0.62 $27.97 $58,180
Elementary and Secondary Schools 5,100 0.06 $26.96 $56,070

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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 565,300 10.20 $32.44 $67,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 61,130 2.81 $36.11 $75,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,490 0.62 $27.97 $58,180
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 15,160 0.49 $27.87 $57,980
Junior Colleges 3,150 0.44 $26.84 $55,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 61,130 2.81 $36.11 $75,110
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 565,300 10.20 $32.44 $67,480
Support Activities for Air Transportation 140 0.06 $30.74 $63,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,720 0.03 $29.10 $60,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,490 0.62 $27.97 $58,180


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 72,380 4.16 0.92 $50.58 $105,220
Texas 58,840 4.73 1.05 $30.65 $63,740
New York 55,590 5.84 1.29 $37.25 $77,490
Florida 39,090 4.44 0.98 $29.19 $60,720
Illinois 29,460 4.89 1.08 $37.67 $78,350




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 5,460 7.55 1.67 $36.87 $76,680
Mississippi 7,620 6.75 1.49 $17.45 $36,290
Louisiana 11,420 5.94 1.31 $20.42 $42,470
New York 55,590 5.84 1.29 $37.25 $77,490
Alabama 11,410 5.78 1.28 $22.36 $46,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 72,380 4.16 0.92 $50.58 $105,220
Alaska 1,120 3.52 0.78 $42.24 $87,870
New Jersey 21,840 5.34 1.18 $41.75 $86,840
Washington 9,540 2.87 0.63 $38.56 $80,200
Hawaii 2,500 3.93 0.87 $37.85 $78,720





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 57,870 5.99 1.32 $39.92 $83,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 29,950 4.80 1.06 $52.12 $108,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 24,190 5.17 1.14 $39.51 $82,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 16,150 5.08 1.12 $35.68 $74,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 15,250 5.00 1.10 $31.57 $65,670
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 14,570 5.06 1.12 $35.58 $74,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,540 3.98 0.88 $34.71 $72,200
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 13,050 4.94 1.09 $34.32 $71,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,010 4.38 0.97 $23.46 $48,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 11,700 4.18 0.92 $36.18 $75,250