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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Jersey

Considering a career as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer in New Jersey?

-2% Jobs Projection
$85,330 Median Salary
1,270 Job Openings

While jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Jersey are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.

  • Employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Jersey is expected to decrease.

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

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

In New Jersey, there were 19,950 people working as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the year 2018.

There were 19,580 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 370 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in NJ Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for New Jersey

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are declining at a rate of 1.5% which is a faster decline than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

New Jersey Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,270 annual job openings, and 20,370 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 New Jersey?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $45,370 to $123,890 with $85,330 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.81 to $59.56. The median hourly rate was $41.03.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $41.51 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.48.

The median salary in New Jersey is higher than the nationwide median salary.

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

Top New Jersey 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 York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 54,670 $84,970
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 14,000 $71,070
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 1,550 $68,620
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 800 $86,650
Trenton, NJ 740 $73,720
Ocean City, NJ 300 $70,740
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 270 $70,500

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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