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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Texas

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

16.4% Jobs Projection
$61,590 Median Salary
5,390 Job Openings

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

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

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

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

In Texas, there were 60,260 people working as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the year 2018.

There were 63,380 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 3,120 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in TX Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for Texas

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 16.4% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

Texas Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 5,390 annual job openings, and a total of 74,120 jobs for Texas 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 Texas?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $39,850 to $85,470 with $61,590 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.16 to $41.09. The median hourly rate was $29.61.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $30.06 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.45.

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

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

Top Texas 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
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 15,170 $62,890
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 14,840 $69,400
Austin-Round Rock, TX 4,590 $66,750
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 4,430 $58,020
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 2,190 $45,740
El Paso, TX 1,700 $63,910
Corpus Christi, TX 1,020 $64,450
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 1,020 $51,300
Killeen-Temple, TX 890 $56,190
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 840 $65,570
Lubbock, TX 790 $61,530
Laredo, TX 760 $74,430
Waco, TX 670 $63,750
Amarillo, TX 670 $68,560
College Station-Bryan, TX 490 $60,300
Longview, TX 420 $57,370
Abilene, TX 410 $66,550
Tyler, TX 410 $65,540
Texarkana, TX-AR 380 $45,560
San Angelo, TX 340 $55,730
Midland, TX 290 $59,230
Odessa, TX 260 $57,660
Sherman-Denison, TX 240 $56,480
Wichita Falls, TX 220 $58,670
Victoria, TX 210 $52,320

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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