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Salary Survey 2001

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 49 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2001 Pages: 134-139
Peggy Wilkins
Date Published
October 2001
6 pages
Results of "Law and Order's" 2001 Salary Survey are reported based on data gathered on, general base salaries by age, region, length of service and number of officers supervised for five different law enforcement titles.
Results of a salary survey are presented by age, region, length of service, and number of officers supervised for five different titles: Chief of Police, Sheriff, Deputy Chief, Under Sheriff and Captain. Nine thousand questionnaires were mailed to law enforcement professionals located in "Law and Order's" database. Survey results found Police Chiefs earned an average of $61,040, Sheriffs earned an average $63,476, Deputy Chiefs earned an average $70,355, Under Sheriffs earned an average $62,828, and Captains earned an average salary of $69,002. Salary disparities were attributed to fewer positions of Deputy Chief and Under Sheriff, with these positions typically found in larger departments. With greater numbers of Chief and Sheriff reported, the average salary was smaller. A gender gap was identified with men having a large majority in the law enforcement management field. However, the numbers will likely increase with the increase in participation by women in the field, over the next decade. Tables