The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of patrol police officers in the United States will increase by 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, adding 57,300 officers to the 661,500 patrol officers employed in 2008. Patrol officers earned an average salary of $55,620, as of May 2010, according to the BLS.
Patrol officers in the 10th percentile earned up to $31,700 per year or $15.24 per hour, as of May 2010 according to the BLS. The monthly salary of an officer in this percentile who worked 40 hours per week or 4.33 weeks in a month would be $2,639.57 before taxes or contributions to insurance or retirement were taken out of his pay check. Those in the 25th percentile earned up to $40,830 per year, which is $3,399.92 gross per month or $19.63 on average per hour. Patrol officers in the 75th percentile earned up to $69,070 annually, which is $5,751.97 gross per month or $33.21 on average per hour. An officer in the 90th percentile earned at least $83,510 per year, which is $6,953.98 gross per month or $40.15 on average per hour.
Patrol officers who worked for the state government earned the highest annual salary for this occupation. Their annual salary averaged $58,200, grossing $4,846.14 per month and averaging $27.98 per hour. An officer working in the second highest paying industry, local government, made $55,710 per year, $4,640.03 gross per month or $26.79 on average per hour. The third highest paying industry is specialty hospitals, excepting substance abuse and psychiatric hospitals, which paid an average of $55,560 per year, $4,626.17 gross per month or $26.71 on average per hour.
In New Jersey, patrol officers earned the highest salaries of $79,300 each year or $38.13 per hour, on average, in the country. This salary translates to $6,604.12 per month. California patrol officers earned $77,290 annually, grossed $6,436.11 per month and averaged $37.16 per hour. The District of Columbia paid patrol officers a gross yearly salary of $67,560, $5,625.54 monthly gross salary or $32.48 per hour on average. Illinois patrol officers averaged $66,680 per year, grossed $5,552.79 per month and $32.06 per hour on average. Nevada patrol officers averaged, $65,840 per year, $5,483.51 gross per month or $31.66 per hour on average.
California metropolitan areas had seven of the top 10 places for highest paying metropolitan areas in the country as of May 2010. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara officers earned $96,330 annually, $8,020.89 gross per month or $46.31 per hour on average. Oakland-Fremont-Hayward was the second highest paying metro area in the country at $86,660 annually, $7,215.51 gross per month, or $41.66 average per hour. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine paid an annual average of $84,850 to its patrol officers, $7,066.56 gross per month or $40.80 per hour on average.