Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
662,390 0.5 % $31.00 $64,490 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.84 $21.62 $29.35 $38.57 $48.37
Annual Wage (2) $35,020 $44,980 $61,050 $80,230 $100,610


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) 565,470 10.37 $30.95 $64,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 59,430 2.72 $34.31 $71,370
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,380 0.48 $26.24 $54,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,350 0.61 $27.22 $56,620
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4,930 0.06 $26.22 $54,530

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) 565,470 10.37 $30.95 $64,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 59,430 2.72 $34.31 $71,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,350 0.61 $27.22 $56,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 14,380 0.48 $26.24 $54,570
Junior Colleges 3,250 0.44 $25.42 $52,880

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) 59,430 2.72 $34.31 $71,370
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 140 0.06 $32.04 $66,650
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 565,470 10.37 $30.95 $64,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,400 0.03 $27.50 $57,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,350 0.61 $27.22 $56,620


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 73,000 4.37 0.94 $48.12 $100,090
Texas 63,380 5.33 1.15 $30.01 $62,430
New York 46,940 5.10 1.10 $35.10 $73,000
Florida 38,770 4.61 0.99 $28.08 $58,400
Illinois 31,430 5.30 1.14 $35.52 $73,870




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 5,140 7.26 1.56 $36.23 $75,360
Mississippi 7,520 6.71 1.44 $17.08 $35,520
South Carolina 11,890 5.92 1.27 $20.35 $42,330
Louisiana 11,230 5.91 1.27 $19.06 $39,650
New Mexico 4,540 5.67 1.22 $25.15 $52,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 73,000 4.37 0.94 $48.12 $100,090
New Jersey 19,580 4.89 1.05 $40.18 $83,570
Alaska 1,070 3.35 0.72 $39.41 $81,980
Washington 9,610 3.02 0.65 $37.79 $78,600
District of Columbia 5,140 7.26 1.56 $36.23 $75,360



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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 37,820 5.65 1.22 $35.85 $74,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 26,050 5.88 1.27 $49.67 $103,320
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 21,290 5.81 1.25 $38.31 $79,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 16,630 5.68 1.22 $31.29 $65,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,890 5.51 1.19 $34.36 $71,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,600 4.81 1.04 $22.15 $46,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,630 4.27 0.92 $32.95 $68,550
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 8,310 4.52 0.97 $35.20 $73,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,600 3.84 0.83 $33.35 $69,370
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 6,870 5.05 1.09 $31.61 $65,750


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rome, GA 400 10.75 2.31 $17.65 $36,710
Danville, IL 260 10.00 2.15 $24.28 $50,490
Prescott, AZ 560 9.15 1.97 $29.13 $60,600
Ocean City, NJ 350 9.10 1.96 $34.41 $71,580
Columbia, SC 3,260 8.80 1.89 $21.40 $44,510
Alexandria, LA 530 8.76 1.89 $17.98 $37,400
Laredo, TX 830 8.53 1.84 $32.20 $66,980
Jacksonville, NC 390 8.51 1.83 $21.41 $44,540
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 450 8.41 1.81 $23.71 $49,320
Hinesville, GA 140 8.20 1.76 $19.22 $39,980