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Police officer salary in United States

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

Average base salary

$54,510
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a police officer is $54,510 per year in the United States. 3.9k salaries reported, updated at December 3, 2022

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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
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Top companies for Police Officers in United States

  1. San Jose Police Department
    4.3
    14 reviews18 salaries reported
    $130,827per year
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Highest paying cities for Police Officers near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $64,573 per year
    16 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $61,188 per year
    7 salaries reported
  3. Philadelphia, PA
    $58,736 per year
    22 salaries reported
  1. Baltimore, MD
    $58,564 per year
    20 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $58,522 per year
    15 salaries reported
  3. Detroit, MI
    $57,657 per year
    11 salaries reported
  1. Houston, TX
    $56,832 per year
    10 salaries reported
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Where can a Police Officer earn more?

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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 $54,510 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

Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The University of Michigan
City Of Miami Beach
SIU Medicine
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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top LicensesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
1,027 jobs1,418
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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
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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.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Law Enforcement Officer

5,453 job openings

Average $42,811 per year

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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.

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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.

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How much does a cop make per hour?

Police officers make $23.86 per hour on average.

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