How Much do Police Officers Make?

Do police officers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for police officers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police officers in the United States earn an average of $67,600 a year, equivalent to $32.50 an hour. Police officers make 26% more than the average American worker.

Police officers in California are the best paid, making $105,220 a year, while police officers in Mississippi make the least at $36,290.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Police Officer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $50.59 $105,230
75th $40.60 $84,440
50th $30.36 $63,150
25th $22.69 $47,190
10th $17.77 $36,960
Police Officer Wages by State

In what states do police officers make the most? In what states do police officers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $22.36 $46,510
Alaska $42.24 $87,870
Arizona $32.20 $66,970
Arkansas $19.50 $40,570
California $50.58 $105,220
Colorado $36.41 $75,720
Connecticut $35.23 $73,270
Delaware $35.45 $73,740
Florida $29.19 $60,720
Georgia $21.49 $44,700
Hawaii $37.85 $78,720
Idaho $26.02 $54,120
Illinois $37.67 $78,350
Indiana $27.30 $56,780
Iowa $28.72 $59,730
Kansas $24.00 $49,910
Kentucky $22.46 $46,720
Louisiana $20.42 $42,470
Maine $25.56 $53,170
Maryland $34.22 $71,170
Massachusetts $34.81 $72,400
Michigan $28.25 $58,770
Minnesota $34.54 $71,840
Mississippi $17.45 $36,290
Missouri $24.93 $51,860
Montana $27.26 $56,710
Nebraska $28.30 $58,860
Nevada $35.41 $73,660
New Hampshire $28.28 $58,820
New Jersey $41.75 $86,840
New Mexico $25.84 $53,750
New York $37.25 $77,490
North Carolina $22.76 $47,340
North Dakota $28.26 $58,770
Ohio $30.23 $62,880
Oklahoma $23.11 $48,060
Oregon $35.24 $73,300
Pennsylvania $33.14 $68,940
Rhode Island $30.62 $63,690
South Carolina $20.92 $43,520
South Dakota $23.89 $49,690
Tennessee $21.81 $45,370
Texas $30.65 $63,740
Utah $27.00 $56,170
Vermont $25.52 $53,070
Virginia $28.04 $58,330
Washington $38.56 $80,200
West Virginia $21.37 $44,450
Wisconsin $30.76 $63,970
Wyoming $26.98 $56,120
Metro Areas Where Police Officers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $61.10 $127,090
San Francisco, CA $57.33 $119,260
Vallejo, CA $55.57 $115,580
Santa Rosa, CA $53.01 $110,270
Los Angeles, CA $52.12 $108,420
Santa Cruz, CA $51.92 $107,980
Oxnard, CA $51.89 $107,930
Santa Barbara, CA $51.15 $106,380
Redding, CA $49.99 $103,970
San Luis Obispo, CA $49.38 $102,710
Police Officer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $32.50 $67,600
2018 $31.44 $65,400
2017 $31.00 $64,490
2016 $30.17 $62,760
2015 $29.45 $61,270
2014 $28.64 $59,560
2013 $28.23 $58,720
2012 $27.78 $57,770
2011 $27.05 $56,260