Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Kentucky
Considering a career as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer in Kentucky?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Kentucky are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Kentucky is growing faster than average.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Kentucky earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work in Kentucky?
There were approximately 7,830 workers employed as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state in 2018.
There were 7,520 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 310 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The amount of Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers working in the state is similar to the average state.
Job Projections for Kentucky
Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 6.7% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.
Kentucky Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates 520 annual job openings, and a total of 7,690 jobs for Kentucky 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 Kentucky?
In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $28,820 to $63,520 with $44,820 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.85 to $30.54. The median hourly rate was $21.55.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $21.45 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $0.10.
The median salary in Kentucky is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top Kentucky 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|
|Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN||2,640||$53,840|
|Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY||500||$45,660|
|Bowling Green, KY||350||$43,640|
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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