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Want to work in Massachusetts as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer? Read this first!

5.2% Jobs Projection
$68,030 Median Salary
1,230 Job Openings

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

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

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

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

In Massachusetts, there were 16,830 people working as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the year 2018.

There were 17,750 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 920 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in MA Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for Massachusetts

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 5.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

Massachusetts Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,230 annual job openings, and a total of 18,560 jobs for Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $45,770 to $98,260 with $68,030 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $22.01 to $47.24. The median hourly rate was $32.71.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $32.13 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.58.

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

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

Top Massachusetts 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
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 11,760 $71,470
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 2,410 $61,510
Worcester, MA-CT 1,940 $60,870
Springfield, MA-CT 1,820 $62,630
Barnstable Town, MA 600 $67,860
Leominster-Gardner, MA 300 $60,960
New Bedford, MA 210 $71,810
Pittsfield, MA 100 $52,140

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
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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