Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
SOC: 33-3051.00


Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
680,000 employed

Projected (2024):
714,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Border Guard
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Constable
  • Cop
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Motorcycle Police
  • Mounted Police
  • Park Police
  • Patrol Officer
  • Policeman
  • Policewoman
  • State Highway Police Officer
  • State Trooper

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610