Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Florida
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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.
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.
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%.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Below are the states where Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$71,570|
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