1. Home
  2. Career Explorer
  3. Police Officer
  4. Salaries
Content has loaded

Police Officer salary in United States

How much does a Police Officer make in the United States?

Average base salary

$55,433

Most common benefits

Others
401(k)
View more

The average salary for a police officer is $55,433 per year in the United States. 4.2k salaries reported, updated at June 27, 2022.

Is this useful?

Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
View job openings with the years of experience that is relevant to you on Indeed
View jobs
Is this useful?

Top companies for Police Officers in United States

  1. San Jose Police Department
    4.3star
    14 reviews16 salaries reported
    $131,883per year
  2. $91,578per year
Is this useful?

Highest paying cities for Police Officers in United States

  1. New York, NY
    $64,215 per year
    31 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $64,185 per year
    206 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $60,796 per year
    14 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $60,184 per year
    18 salaries reported
  2. Philadelphia, PA
    $58,506 per year
    19 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $58,261 per year
    18 salaries reported
  1. Baltimore, MD
    $57,994 per year
    23 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $57,784 per year
    29 salaries reported
  3. Detroit, MI
    $57,480 per year
    8 salaries reported
Is this useful?

Where can a Police Officer earn more?

Compare salaries for Police Officers in different locations
vs
Explore Police Officer openings
Is this useful?

Best-paid skills and qualifications for Police Officers

Most recommended license

Driver's License

earn +12.73% more

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 26.48% since 2018. Police Officers with this license earn +12.73% more than the average base salary, which is $55,433 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
20101increase by 1
20113increase by 200.00%
20124075increase by 135733.33%
201315022increase by 268.64%
201418462increase by 22.90%
20159754decrease by 47.17%
201611648increase by 19.42%
201711143decrease by 4.34%
201811907increase by 6.86%
20198754decrease by 26.48%

Top companies hiring Police Officers on Indeed

City of Aurora, IL
University of Wyoming
CITY OF TAMPA
Town of Breckenridge, CO
City of Greensboro
View more companies for Police Officers
Is this useful?

Top schools offering Driver's License

Clement Truck Driving Academy

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top LicensesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
1,027 jobs1,418
Is this useful?

Most common benefits for Police Officers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Uniform allowance
  • Vision insurance
Is this useful?

Salary satisfaction

Based on 4,804 ratings

53% of Police Officers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

Is this useful?

How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Law Enforcement Officer

5,197 job openings

Average $44,213 per year

Is this useful?

How much should you be earning?

Get an estimated calculation of how much you should be earning and insight into your career options. See more details

Get estimated pay range

Common questions about salaries for a Police Officer

Do police officers make good money?

How much a police officer makes will vary greatly depending on their location and cost of living in that location. Most police officers make above the average salary in their location, allowing them and their families to live comfortably.

Was this answer helpful?

What is the starting salary for a police officer?

An entry-level police officer starts off making $31,965 per year on average in the US according to reported salaries by Indeed users.

Was this answer helpful?

How much does a cop make per hour?

Police officers make $23.86 per hour on average.

Was this answer helpful?

Do police officers get paid monthly?

What state pays the most for police officers?

What city has the highest-paid police officers?

Do police officers get raises?

What is an appropriate salary for a police officer?

How much do similar professions to police officer get paid?

How much more I can earn if I become a detective from a police officer?

Can you get rich as a police officer?

Career insights

Frequently searched careers

Registered Nurse

Police Officer

Software Engineer

Customer Service Representative

Administrative Assistant

Truck Driver

Teacher

Front Desk Agent

Nursing Assistant

Dental Hygienist

Real Estate Agent

Licensed Practical Nurse