Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Texas
Is Texas a good place for you to work as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer?
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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|
|El Paso, TX||1,700||$63,910|
|Corpus Christi, TX||1,020||$64,450|
|Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX||840||$65,570|
|College Station-Bryan, TX||490||$60,300|
|San Angelo, TX||340||$55,730|
|Wichita Falls, TX||220||$58,670|
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|
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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|Occupation||TX Employment Total|
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
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