What Is the Average Salary for a Police Chief of a Large City?


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The average annual salary for a police chief of a large city is anywhere from $190,000 to $210,000. In some large cities like San Francisco police chiefs can make more than the city's mayor and state's governor.

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San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr is the highest paid police chief in the United States - he made $326, 716 in 2014. Suhr makes nine percent more than San Francisco's mayor and 33 percent more than the governor of California. New York City police chief Raymond Kelly makes $205,180 annually, while Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy makes $260,000 annually. Police chiefs in California's largest cities make an average of $200,000 annually.

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