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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
661,330 0.5 % $31.44 $65,400 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.19 $21.99 $29.51 $39.29 $48.86
Annual Wage (2) $35,750 $45,740 $61,380 $81,730 $101,620


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) 562,570 10.26 $31.35 $65,210
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60,850 2.79 $35.03 $72,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,740 0.48 $26.70 $55,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,400 0.62 $27.95 $58,130
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4,710 0.06 $26.59 $55,310

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) 562,570 10.26 $31.35 $65,210
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60,850 2.79 $35.03 $72,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,400 0.62 $27.95 $58,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,740 0.48 $26.70 $55,530
Junior Colleges 3,240 0.45 $25.59 $53,230

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) 60,850 2.79 $35.03 $72,850
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 562,570 10.26 $31.35 $65,210
Support Activities for Air Transportation 220 0.10 $30.10 $62,610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,660 0.03 $28.99 $60,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,400 0.62 $27.95 $58,130


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 72,680 4.27 0.94 $48.74 $101,380
Texas 60,260 4.97 1.09 $29.74 $61,870
New York 53,560 5.71 1.25 $35.99 $74,860
Florida 37,650 4.37 0.96 $28.66 $59,610
Illinois 30,370 5.07 1.11 $36.40 $75,720




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 5,450 7.65 1.67 $36.03 $74,940
Mississippi 7,520 6.69 1.46 $17.09 $35,550
Louisiana 11,810 6.17 1.35 $19.98 $41,550
Alabama 11,410 5.87 1.28 $22.08 $45,930
New York 53,560 5.71 1.25 $35.99 $74,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 72,680 4.27 0.94 $48.74 $101,380
Alaska 1,070 3.40 0.74 $42.32 $88,030
New Jersey 19,950 4.93 1.08 $40.25 $83,720
Washington 9,670 2.97 0.65 $37.34 $77,670
Illinois 30,370 5.07 1.11 $36.40 $75,720





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 54,670 5.76 1.26 $38.30 $79,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 30,190 4.93 1.08 $50.11 $104,230
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 24,460 5.27 1.15 $38.24 $79,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 15,950 5.09 1.11 $34.61 $72,000
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 15,170 5.09 1.11 $30.53 $63,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,840 4.16 0.91 $33.41 $69,480
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 14,000 4.92 1.08 $34.43 $71,610
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 12,500 4.83 1.06 $34.40 $71,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,100 4.51 0.99 $22.35 $46,480
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 11,760 4.26 0.93 $34.87 $72,520