Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Maintain order, enforce laws and ordinances, and protect life and property in an assigned patrol district. Perform combination of following duties: patrol a specific area on foot or in a vehicle; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
641,590 0.8 % $26.53 $55,180 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.09 $19.45 $25.58 $32.69 $40.17
Annual Wage (2) $31,400 $40,450 $53,210 $67,990 $83,550


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local Government (OES Designation) 553,480 $26.50 $55,120
State Government (OES Designation) 58,870 $28.30 $58,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 12,470 $22.80 $47,430
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,130 $24.55 $51,060
Junior Colleges 2,280 $20.95 $43,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State Government (OES Designation) 58,870 $28.30 $58,860
Local Government (OES Designation) 553,480 $26.50 $55,120
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 240 $25.81 $53,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 790 $25.02 $52,050
Postal Service 550 $24.90 $51,790


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Mississippi 7,320 $14.99 $31,170 6.674
New York 54,480 $28.93 $60,180 6.419
Maryland 15,650 $27.16 $56,500 6.253
New Jersey 22,340 $37.34 $77,660 5.802
Alabama 10,810 $19.22 $39,970 5.800

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 73,100 $37.83 $78,690 5.030
New Jersey 22,340 $37.34 $77,660 5.802
District of Columbia (8) $32.61 $67,830 (8)
Illinois 31,390 $31.76 $66,050 5.502
Washington 9,080 $31.07 $64,620 3.253


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Ocean City, NJ 440 $33.85 $70,410 11.324
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 170 $17.43 $36,260 9.955
Pine Bluff, AR 310 $17.68 $36,780 8.658
Merced, CA 510 $30.67 $63,790 8.571
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 3,700 $23.45 $48,770 8.511

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 5,160 $45.67 $95,000 5.803
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 3,440 $43.15 $89,760 3.471
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,680 $40.39 $84,020 3.269
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 22,910 $40.21 $83,640 5.782
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 780 $40.19 $83,590 6.390


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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