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5.0% Jobs Projection
$104,790 Median Salary
4,860 Job Openings

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

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

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

In California, there were 72,680 people working as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the year 2018.

There were 73,000 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 320 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in CA Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 5.0% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 4,860 annual job openings, and a total of 73,200 jobs for California Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in 2026.

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 California?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $63,250 to $138,970 with $104,790 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $30.41 to $66.81. The median hourly rate was $50.38.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $48.78 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.60.

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

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

Top California 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
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 30,190 $108,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,530 $116,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 6,240 $97,680
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,790 $91,830
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 4,280 $93,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,660 $126,690
Fresno, CA 1,710 $86,270
Bakersfield, CA 1,310 $76,620
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,240 $109,060
Stockton-Lodi, CA 1,080 $82,210
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,070 $116,080
Modesto, CA 730 $84,620
Santa Rosa, CA 720 $112,630
Visalia-Porterville, CA 660 $60,800
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 640 $102,860
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 560 $97,380
Chico, CA 380 $78,950
Merced, CA 340 $91,330
Redding, CA 340 $109,780
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 320 $104,050
Napa, CA 260 $108,590
Yuba City, CA 250 $83,610
El Centro, CA 240 $68,830
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 210 $71,950
Madera, CA 190 n/a

Top States for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Employment

The table below shows the states 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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