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Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in Washington

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Washington

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

10.5% Jobs Projection
$78,870 Median Salary
770 Job Openings

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

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

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

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

9,670 people worked as Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in 2018 in this state.

There were 9,610 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in WA Employment Trend

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

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

Job Projections for Washington

Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 10.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.

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

Washington Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 770 annual job openings, and 10,980 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 Washington?

In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $53,960 to $101,110 with $78,870 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $25.94 to $48.61. The median hourly rate was $37.92.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $38.59 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.67.

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

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

Top Washington 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
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,900 $85,160
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,590 $76,950
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 610 $72,770
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 410 $74,770
Kennewick-Richland, WA 400 $83,140
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 390 $79,230
Yakima, WA 320 $74,680
Bellingham, WA 280 $80,480
Wenatchee, WA 180 $76,810
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 160 $74,560
Longview, WA 140 $74,110
Walla Walla, WA 120 $65,830
Lewiston, ID-WA 90 $60,290

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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