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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Pennsylvania

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Pennsylvania

Is Pennsylvania a good place for you to work as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer?

4.1% Jobs Projection
$67,440 Median Salary
1,910 Job Openings

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

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

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

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

In Pennsylvania, there were 27,850 people working as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the year 2018.

There were 27,460 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 390 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in PA Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for Pennsylvania

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 4.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

Pennsylvania Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,910 annual job openings, and a total of 29,000 jobs for Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $35,650 to $98,760 with $67,440 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.14 to $47.48. The median hourly rate was $32.43.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $33.5 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $1.07.

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

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

Top Pennsylvania 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
Pittsburgh, PA 5,820 $62,240
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 1,550 $68,620
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,500 $69,250
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 1,450 $46,840
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 1,350 $50,720
Lancaster, PA 740 $72,960
Reading, PA 730 $64,660
York-Hanover, PA 600 $68,690
Erie, PA 580 $77,040
Johnstown, PA 270 $37,880
East Stroudsburg, PA 260 $68,580
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 240 $55,180
Altoona, PA 240 $54,390
Lebanon, PA 220 $67,790
Gettysburg, PA 220 $82,170
Williamsport, PA 210 $49,940
State College, PA 200 $77,930
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 140 $54,310

Top States for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Employment

View the list below to see 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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