District of Columbia Law Enforcement Salaries

According to an occupational guide released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, in 2010, the median District of Columbia law enforcement salaries were as follows:

  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $122,410
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $131,510
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $65,380
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Salaries among Detectives and Criminal Investigators in the District of Columbia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
4480
108110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV
4660
107300

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in District of Columbia

The starting salary for a police officer working for the Metropolitan Police Department is $48,715, which recruits begin earning as soon as they start academy training. After 18 months of service, most police officers will have reached a base salary of around $53,300. Lateral officers are those with prior law enforcement experience, and they are typically given a salary range of $51,151 to $71,971. In addition, officers who are certified and have fluency of a 2nd language are paid a $50 monthly stipend.

The District of Columbia is unique in that because it is a federal city but also controlled by local government elected officials, the normal functions that might normally be handled by a sheriff’s office are delegated to other agencies within the District of Columbia.

Salaries among Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in the District of Columbia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
13340
64480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV
15880
63760

State Trooper Salary in District of Columbia

The role of state trooper in the District of Columbia is handled by the United States Marshal Service. In the District of Columbia, Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) are paid by the General Schedule, which encompasses 15 grades and 10 steps, ranging anywhere from $22,115 to $155,500.

Police Supervisors and Detectives Salaries in the District of Columbia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
2620
111790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV
2900
110130

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