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12.9% Jobs Projection
$57,320 Median Salary
3,270 Job Openings

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

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

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

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

In 2018, there were 37,650 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers working in the state.

There were 38,770 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 1,120 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in FL Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for Florida

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 12.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

Florida Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 3,270 annual job openings, and 46,090 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 Florida?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $38,150 to $86,630 with $57,320 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $18.34 to $41.65. The median hourly rate was $27.56.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $26.89 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.67.

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

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

Top Florida 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
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 12,500 $71,800
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 5,720 $60,770
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 4,120 $51,870
Jacksonville, FL 2,720 $54,470
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 1,300 $59,250
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 1,170 $46,130
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 1,060 $43,420
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 770 $49,250
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 760 $41,440
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 720 $46,920
Port St. Lucie, FL 630 $52,170
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 630 $59,920
Ocala, FL 600 $48,440
Gainesville, FL 580 $45,280
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 520 $42,180
Panama City, FL 430 $39,000
The Villages, FL 290 $40,690
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 210 $51,020
Sebring, FL 150 $45,510
Punta Gorda, FL 80 $51,300

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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