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.
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.