Washington Law Enforcement Salaries

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, the median Washington law enforcement salaries in 2010 were:

  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $86,770
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $67,340
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $86,620

Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salaries in Washington

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
Estimate Not Released
98840
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
30
85880
Olympia WA
90
59390
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
530
75870
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
Estimate Not Released
93180
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
170
85730
Yakima WA
50
80680
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
50
81650
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
30
63880
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
80
75050
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
90
77970

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Washington

The Seattle Police Department offers newly recruited police officers a base salary of around $49,000. After the completion of training, police officers are paid as follows:

Time on the Job
Annual Salary
Annual Salary
New to Job
$64310
$74876
6 Months
$68946
$78592
18 Months
$72078
$84209

For lateral police officers, which are those with previous law enforcement experience, the salary schedule is as follows:

Time on the Job
Annual Salary
24-41 Mos Experience
$72078
42-53 Mos Experience
$74876
54+ Mos Experience
$78592

Deputy Sheriffs working for the King County Sheriff’s Department are paid on a 5-step system. The salary begins at $60,275 and ranges all the way up to $84,398.

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Salaries in Washington

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
250
70450
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
420
68960
Lewiston ID-WA
120
49070
Longview WA
100
63050
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
170
65120
Olympia WA
360
68020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
2490
62690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
3280
72860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
4150
71790
Spokane WA
490
63510
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
870
67720
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
190
58360
Yakima WA
350
61300
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
250
59700
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
310
56180
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
440
53350
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
49330

State Trooper Salary in Washington

The state trooper salary in Washington starts at $38,256 for Trooper Cadets. After Trooper Cadet Training, state troopers are paid as follows:

  • 0-.5 years: $46,704
  • 0.5-1.5 years: $49,500
  • 1.5-2.5 years: $52,464
  • 2.5-3.5 years: $55,596
  • 3.5-4.5 years: $58,956
  • 4.5+ years: $62,484

Police Supervisors and Detectives Salaries in Washington

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
80
96760
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
90
88950
Lewiston ID-WA
40
63830
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
30
83790
Olympia WA
130
85950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
650
89190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
770
96800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
980
95160
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
200
88950
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
40
75630
Yakima WA
90
81200
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
80
76110
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
70
69320
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
90
71900
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
70
68660

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