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All About Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

Job Description & Duties 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.

Other Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer Job Titles

  • Policewoman
  • Park Police
  • Policeman
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Motorcycle Police

Job Outlook for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

There were about 684,200 jobs for Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 47,700 new jobs for Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer by 2026. The BLS estimates 49,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer are Utah, Texas, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Maryland, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officer

The salary for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers ranges between about $35,750 and $101,620 a year.

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers who work in California, New Jersey, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

How much do Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $45,930
Alaska $88,030
Arizona $64,640
Arkansas $39,560
California $101,380
Colorado $72,950
Connecticut $71,920
Delaware $70,000
District of Columbia $74,940
Florida $59,610
Georgia $42,990
Hawaii $74,040
Idaho $53,880
Illinois $75,720
Indiana $55,310
Iowa $58,340
Kansas $48,350
Kentucky $45,600
Louisiana $41,550
Maine $49,840
Maryland $68,230
Massachusetts $69,870
Michigan $56,270
Minnesota $69,060
Mississippi $35,550
Missouri $48,920
Montana $56,230
Nebraska $57,530
Nevada $70,450
New Hampshire $58,120
New Jersey $83,720
New Mexico $51,250
New York $74,860
North Carolina $48,420
North Dakota $57,190
Ohio $61,040
Oklahoma $46,120
Oregon $70,360
Pennsylvania $66,600
Rhode Island $60,890
South Carolina $42,280
South Dakota $48,550
Tennessee $44,600
Texas $61,870
Utah $53,890
Vermont $52,940
Virginia $56,710
Washington $77,670
West Virginia $43,590
Wisconsin $62,040
Wyoming $55,050

Where Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work

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