As of 2015, the median annual salary for police officers in the United States is $45,988, according to PayScale market experts. The salary of such local, state and federal officers is moderately dependent on the level of experience.
'Mid-Career,' 'Experienced' and 'Late-Career' officers -which are not clearly defined by PayScale- may earn as much as 2, 24 and 37 percent more than the national median, respectively. Entry-Level officers in most jurisdictions can expect to earn 13 percent less than the national norm, according to data provided by PayScale.
Most persons holding the officer title tend to move onto other positions after 20 years experience, explains PayScale.