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9.1% Jobs Projection
$46,160 Median Salary
1,700 Job Openings

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

  • 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.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in NC Employment Trend

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.

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

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%.

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

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.

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

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
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 6,330 $51,970
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 4,070 $51,670
Raleigh, NC 2,240 $51,550
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,620 $50,050
Winston-Salem, NC 1,130 $44,790
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,020 $47,230
Asheville, NC 910 $45,130
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 910 $43,630
Wilmington, NC 880 $44,890
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 780 $39,430
Fayetteville, NC 610 $44,410
Greenville, NC 490 $47,170
Jacksonville, NC 410 $46,730
Rocky Mount, NC 360 $41,070
New Bern, NC 340 $40,980
Goldsboro, NC 320 $38,560
Burlington, NC 280 $44,950

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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