Police officers

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Total Workforce

790k

Average Age

39

Estimated Job Growth

6.98%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$66,223

Average Male Salary

$67,323

Average Female Salary

$59,353

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Police officers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Police officers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Police officers, by average wage, is Rail transportation. Police officers are paid most in Ridgewood, Glendale & Middle Village PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Pulaski, Camden, Miller & Morgan Counties PUMA, MO.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$66,223

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,016

In 2017, Police officers earned an average of $66,223, $14,159 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Mining machine operators make somewhat more than Police officers while Judicial law clerks make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Police officers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.285

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Police officers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.285, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Police officers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Police officers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Police officers.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Police officers, by average wage, are Rail transportation, Administration of economic programs & space research, and Postal Service.

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Industries by Share

790k

2017 Workforce

± 21,762

6.07%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.73%

The number of people employed as Police officers has been growing at a rate of 6.07%, from 744,674 people in 2016 to 789,908 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Police officers employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Police officers at  84.8%, followed by National security & international affairs with 3.81% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Police officers in the US. The average age of male Police officers in the workforce is 39.1 and of female Police officers is 38.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Police officers is White.

Gender Composition

681k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 20,213

109k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,101

86.2% of Police officers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Police officers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Police officers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

77.7% of Police officers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.8% of Police officers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Police officers.

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Age by Gender

39.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.334

38.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.834

The median age of Police officers is 39, and Male employees are generally 0.617 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Police officers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Police officers is Protective Services but a relatively high number of Police officers hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Police officers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Police officers need many skills, but most especially . The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Police officers need more than the average amount of .

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Police officers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Police officers are expected to see a growth of 6.98% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.98%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Police officers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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