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The BLS reports the median annual salary for patrol officers was $55,270 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made $89,310, while the bottom 10 percent made $32,350. State governments pay police officers the highest in the country, offering an average salary of $62,810 in 2012. California compensates officers the best, as the highest-paid in the profession work in three California metropolitan areas: San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.

Job Salary Year
2004 $46,320.00
2006 $48,540.00
2008 $52,980.00
2010 $55,620.00
2012 $57,770.00

Average Patrol Officer Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

A patrol officer’s average take-home pay of $57,770 is comparable to our other Best Social Services Jobs. Although they make far less money than most lawyers, they make about $30,500 more than most security guards and $20,500 more than maintenance and repair workers. A patrol officer’s salary is comparable to the average high school teacher.

Job Name Salary
Lawyer $113,530.00
Patrol Officer $55,270.00
High School Teacher $55,050.00
Middle School Teacher $53,430.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Maintenance and Repair Worker $35,210.00

Best Paying Cities for Patrol Officers

The highest paid in the patrol officer profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., and Oakland, Calif. The Nassau, N.Y. area also pays well, as does the city of Santa Rosa, Calif.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $96,320 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a patrol officer working in San Francisco is $96,320, which is $41,050 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $95,450 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a patrol officer working in San Jose, Calif. is $95,450, which is $40,180 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $94,040 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a patrol officer working in Oakland, Calif. is $94,040, which is $38,770 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $92,540 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a patrol officer working in Nassau, N.Y. is $92,540, which is $37,270 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Average Salary: $90,000 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a patrol officer working in Santa Rosa, Calif. is $90,000, which is $34,730 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Stephanie Steinberg.


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