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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Tennessee

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Tennessee

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

7.5% Jobs Projection
$44,270 Median Salary
960 Job Openings

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

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

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

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

There were approximately 13,410 workers employed as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in this state in 2018.

There were 12,890 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 520 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in TN Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for Tennessee

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 7.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

Tennessee Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 960 annual job openings, and 14,140 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 Tennessee?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $28,800 to $61,630 with $44,270 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.84 to $29.63. The median hourly rate was $21.28.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $20.97 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.31.

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

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

Top Tennessee 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
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 3,540 $51,490
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 3,320 $48,730
Knoxville, TN 1,600 $41,730
Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,010 $41,030
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 660 $42,160
Clarksville, TN-KY 420 n/a
Jackson, TN 310 $43,890
Johnson City, TN 280 $44,060
Cleveland, TN 250 $38,030
Morristown, TN 200 $35,250

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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