Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in North Carolina
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Projected employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in North Carolina is growing faster than average.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in North Carolina earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work in North Carolina?
There were approximately 22,350 workers employed as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state in 2018.
There were 23,370 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s a decline of 1,020 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 7,830 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers working in it, which means North Carolina has more Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers than average.
Job Projections for North Carolina
Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 9.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.
North Carolina Annual Job Openings
The BLS is projecting 1,700 annual Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers job openings in North Carolina, and 24,650 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 North Carolina?
In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $33,250 to $68,290 with $46,160 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.99 to $32.83. The median hourly rate was $22.19.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $21.85 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $0.34.
The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top North Carolina 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|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||4,070||$51,670|
|Greensboro-High Point, NC||1,620||$50,050|
|Durham-Chapel Hill, NC||1,020||$47,230|
|Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC||910||$43,630|
|Rocky Mount, NC||360||$41,070|
|New Bern, NC||340||$40,980|
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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