Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Illinois
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You’re in luck! Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Illinois is growing slower than average.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work in Illinois?
There were approximately 30,370 workers employed as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state in 2018.
There were 31,430 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s a decline of 1,060 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 7,830 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers working in it, which means Illinois has more Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers than average.
Job Projections for Illinois
Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 4.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.
Illinois Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates 2,380 annual job openings, and a total of 36,120 jobs for Illinois 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 Illinois?
In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $40,150 to $102,210 with $82,670 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.3 to $49.14. The median hourly rate was $39.75.
Workers in this field were paid a median of $38.43 an hour in 2017.
The hourly rate grew by $1.32.
The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top Illinois 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|
|St. Louis, MO-IL||6,840||$57,280|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL||700||$58,300|
|Cape Girardeau, MO-IL||180||$40,260|
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|
Below are the states where Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$71,570|
Related Careers in IL
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|Occupation||IL Employment Total|
|Transit and Railroad Police||320|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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