Police officers

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Total Workforce
796k
Average Age
39.5
Average Salary
$69,036
Average Male Salary
$70,272
Average Female Salary
$61,850

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 Public finance activities. Police officers are paid most in Ridgewood, Glendale & Middle Village PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Tucson City (Far Southeast) & Sahuarita Town PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$69,036
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,125

In 2018, Police officers earned an average of $69,036, $15,147 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Human resources workers make somewhat more than Police officers while Property, real estate, & community association managers 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

0.291
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Police officers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.291, 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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Industries by Share

796k
2018 Workforce
± 21,839
0.71%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.86%

The number of people employed as Police officers has been growing at a rate of 0.71%, from 789,908 people in 2017 to 795,519 people in 2018.

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  85.7%, followed by National security & international affairs with 4.21% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 1.86%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Police officers in the US. The average age of male Police officers in the workforce is 39.6 and of female Police officers is 38.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Police officers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

679k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 20,181
117k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,386

85.3% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

65.5% of Police officers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.8% of Police officers, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

39.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.33
38.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.808

The median age of Police officers is 39.5, and Male employees are generally 0.748 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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