Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Louisiana
Is Louisiana a good place for you to work as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Louisiana are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Louisiana is growing faster than average.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Louisiana earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work in Louisiana?
There were approximately 11,810 workers employed as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state in 2018.
There were 11,230 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 580 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 7,830 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers working in it, which means Louisiana has more Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers than average.
Job Projections for Louisiana
Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 9.0% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.
Louisiana Annual Job Openings
The BLS is projecting 820 annual Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers job openings in Louisiana, and 11,920 total jobs in the year 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 Louisiana?
In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $26,540 to $59,160 with $40,480 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $12.76 to $28.44. The median hourly rate was $19.46.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $18.84 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $0.62.
The median salary in Louisiana is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top Louisiana 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|
|New Orleans-Metairie, LA||3,240||$46,290|
|Baton Rouge, LA||2,280||$44,130|
|Shreveport-Bossier City, LA||1,540||$41,050|
|Lake Charles, LA||330||$36,680|
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|
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