Police departments employ civilians in a number of support capacities, relying on their effort and expertise to help officers and detectives perform their duties effectively. One support position common to large and small police departments is police administrative aide. As essential members of police departments, police administrative aides earn salaries in line with other public clerical positions.
Police administrative aides earn around $30,000 each year, depending on the departments that employ them. For example, the New York Police Department, which employs around 17,000 civilian employees, pays administrative aids annual salaries that are just over $30,600. This is in line with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which notes that administrative assistant jobs with local governments typically come with annual salaries in the $32,000 range.
According to the Hampton Roads website, police administrative aides stand to earn more after acquiring experience and seniority. For example, senior administrative aides with the Virginia Beach Police Department earn as much as $40,000 per year, while relatively new administrative aides with the same department make less than $28,000.
Career and Advancement
To receive job offers for police administrative aide positions, candidates generally need at least a high school diploma and some level of experience in clerical or administrative assistant work. Police administrative aide is an entry-level position, though some larger departments hire new aides as assistants to administrative supervisors or more experienced aides. Since all but the smallest police departments employ administrative aides, workers in the field may be able to find higher wages or more room for advancement by moving to a larger or more affluent police department.
Police administrative aides perform a wide range of tasks. In most cases, an aide answers phones, directs the public to various police and government offices, files paperwork and does data entry. Because they work in police departments, police administrative aides handle confidential information and must be able to exercise discretion and follow a confidentiality policy or code of conduct.