Information About Police And Sheriff Patrol Officers

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Training

Police and sheriff patrol officers need long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Police and sheriff patrol officers
Training for Police And Sheriff Patrol Officers
Percent
Less than High School 0.9
High School 16.0
Some College 33.8
Associates Degree 17.3
Bachelors Degree 27.1
Masters Degree 4.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.6

Employment

Represents about 661,000 people in the United States- 0.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 57,000 more police and sheriff patrol officers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 227,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, police and sheriff patrol officers make $27.05 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Police and sheriff patrol officers $15.40 $19.70 $26.00 $33.60 $40.80
Protective service occupations $9.08 $11.70 $17.60 $26.80 $36.00
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, police and sheriff patrol officers make $56,260 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Police and sheriff patrol officers $32,080 $41,110 $54,230 $69,990 $84,980
Protective service occupations $18,880 $24,480 $36,740 $55,790 $74,900
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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