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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Alabama

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Alabama

Considering a career as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer in Alabama?

4.9% Jobs Projection
$44,560 Median Salary
740 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Alabama are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Alabama is growing slower than average.

  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Alabama earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work in Alabama?

There were approximately 11,410 workers employed as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state in 2018.

There were 10,420 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 990 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in AL Employment Trend

The typical state has 7,830 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers working in it, which means Alabama has more Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers than average.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in AL vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Alabama

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 4.9% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

Job Projections for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers: Nation vs. AL

Alabama Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 740 annual job openings, and 11,210 total jobs in 2026 for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 49,500 annual jobs and 731,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Make in Alabama?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $29,510 to $64,800 with $44,560 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.19 to $31.15. The median hourly rate was $21.42.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $20.44 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.98.

The median salary in Alabama is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers Earnings: AL vs. National Average

Top Alabama Metros for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 3,480 $51,780
Montgomery, AL 1,260 $46,440
Mobile, AL 970 $41,080
Columbus, GA-AL 890 $44,180
Huntsville, AL 830 $49,430
Tuscaloosa, AL 630 $55,710
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 420 $48,650
Dothan, AL 360 $38,620
Decatur, AL 350 n/a
Auburn-Opelika, AL 300 $45,850
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 260 $38,300
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 230 $38,220
Gadsden, AL 190 $36,650

Top States for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Employment

View the list below to see where most Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 72,680 $104,790
Texas 60,260 $61,590
New York 53,560 $78,750
Florida 37,650 $57,320
Illinois 30,370 $82,670
Pennsylvania 27,850 $67,440
Ohio 24,890 $60,980
Georgia 22,410 $42,070
North Carolina 22,350 $46,160
New Jersey 19,950 $85,330
Virginia 18,080 $53,570
Massachusetts 16,830 $68,030
Michigan 16,270 $57,690
Missouri 13,510 $48,080
Tennessee 13,410 $44,270
Maryland 12,650 $67,030
Indiana 12,340 $54,570
Louisiana 11,810 $40,480
Alabama 11,410 $44,560
Arizona 11,320 $65,220

Below are the states where Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $104,790
New Jersey $85,330
Alaska $84,830
Illinois $82,670
Washington $78,870
New York $78,750
Colorado $74,550
Hawaii $73,370
Oregon $71,670
District of Columbia $71,570

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