North Carolina Law Enforcement Salaries

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, an occupational information guide compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median North Carolina law enforcement salaries as of 2010 were:

  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $57,870
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $45,100
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $39,080
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Salaries among Detectives and Criminal Investigators in North Carolina

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
140
52470
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
490
63980
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
100
46540
Fayetteville NC
180
Estimate Not Released
Goldsboro NC
40
41410
Greensboro-High Point NC
270
59010
Greenville NC
60
50440
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
120
42420
Raleigh-Cary NC
560
60250
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
450
78600
Wilmington NC
180
57990
Winston-Salem NC
100
52600
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
250
43810
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
360
42970
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
210
39160
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
240
40340

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in North Carolina

The salary among police officers in North Carolina varies from city to city. As an example, the starting salary for police officers employed by the Asheville Police Department is between $31,739 and $32,903.

The Gastonia Police Department offers police officers (certified and non-certified) these starting salaries based on their educational accomplishments:

  • Police Officer I, high school degree only: $30,234 (midpoint of $35,864)
  • Police Officer II, Associate’s degree: $33,410 (midpoint of $39,611)
  • Police Officer III, Bachelor’s degree: $37,052 (midpoint of $45,958)

The Raleigh Police Department pays its police officers a starting salary of $34,281.

Salaries among Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in North Carolina

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
830
39590
Burlington NC
250
40140
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
4940
46760
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
730
40030
Fayetteville NC
660
41540
Goldsboro NC
270
36610
Greensboro-High Point NC
1290
42030
Greenville NC
320
45460
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
580
36220
Raleigh-Cary NC
1680
44950
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
4140
48610
Wilmington NC
870
40310
Winston-Salem NC
910
Estimate Not Released
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
1250
35220
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
1580
37560
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
1400
34730
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
1100
35710

State Trooper Salary in North Carolina

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the state trooper salary in North Carolina is paid according to rank:

  • Highway Patrol Trooper: $33,190 to $52,063
  • Highway Patrol Trooper (Senior): $34,474 to $54,460
  • Highway Patrol Trooper (Master): $35,761 to $57,006
  • Highway Patrol Sergeant: $40,125 to $65,204
  • Highway Patrol Major: $56,393 to $94,037

Salaries among Police Supervisors and Detectives in North Carolina

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
170
55410
Burlington NC
90
53170
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
950
69600
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
210
58660
Greensboro-High Point NC
330
63250
Greenville NC
80
58180
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
170
48080
Raleigh-Cary NC
500
69170
Rocky Mount NC
80
54350
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
430
72660
Wilmington NC
160
60010
Winston-Salem NC
190
Estimate Not Released
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
270
53230
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
320
52170
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
310
50270
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
250
47560

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