police officer

by.Mason Berden

Nature of work

  • Duty's you may have to do
  • Patrolling
  • You may arrests people.
  • Might have to get in car chases.
  • You have to do paper work after you arrest people.
  • Keep the peace.

The places you may work

  • In a police car.
  • In a office
  • On a bike
  • On a laptop in a doughnut shop
  • At home

The conditions

  • Rain
  • Snow
  • Hot weather
  • Windy days
  • Woodsy areas

How much education do you need

Of agencies requires a two-year or four-year college degree. At the federal level, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's police officers, as well as its special agents, must own a four-year college degree.


Officers from several different jurisdictions. Training covers field-training topics, such as first aid, driving and firearms, and classroom topics, such as relevant laws and police ethics.

How much you get paid

  • Average Salary

    Police officers reported an average yearly salary of $56,260, or $27.05 an hour, as of 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This works out to average weekly pay of about $1,082. Their median salary was $54,230, or about $1,043 a week.

  • Pay by Employer

    State police reported the highest earnings in 2011, averaging $60,650, or about $1,166 a week. By comparison, police officers employed by local governments reported an average of $1,080 a week, and federal police officers earned an average of $994 a week. Officers employed by colleges and universities tended to earn the least, averaging $913 a week. Those working for junior colleges averaged $845 a week.

How much you get paid in Michigan

  • How much does a Police Patrol Officer make in Michigan? In Detroit, Michigan the median Police Patrol Officer salary is $52,935 with a range usually between $44,088-$62,467. However, within Michigan there is a lot of variation in Police Patrol Officer salaries from town to town. These variations can be caused by a wide range of factors including population and general competitiveness in the market. Below is a map displaying a few key cities in Michigan and surrounding states, click on any one to find Police Patrol Officer Salaries for that area.