How much does a Police Patrol Officer make in San Diego, CA? The average Police Patrol Officer salary in San Diego, CA is $68,767 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $64,251 and $74,872. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Police Patrol Officer Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $60,140 San Diego,CA January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $64,251 San Diego,CA January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $68,767 San Diego,CA January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $74,872 San Diego,CA January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $80,430 San Diego,CA January 26, 2024
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What skills does a Police Patrol Officer need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.


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Leadership 4.85%
Futures 2.09%
CPR 1.48%
Others 91.58%

Job Description for Police Patrol Officer

Police Patrol Officer is responsible for patrolling an assigned area to prevent and discover crime and to enforce regulations. Responsible for responding to calls, taking necessary action at the scene of crime or disturbance, conducting investigations, making arrests, testifying in court, and completing reports/forms and routine paperwork. Being a Police Patrol Officer requires an associate degree in criminal justice and/or additional certifications and at least 12 to 18 months of law enforcement experience. Requires Firearms Certification. Additionally, Police Patrol Officer typically reports to a police sergeant. The Police Patrol Officer works under moderate supervision. Gaining or has attained full proficiency in a specific area of discipline. To be a Police Patrol Officer typically requires 1-3 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Career Path for Police Patrol Officer

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Police Patrol Officer, the first career path typically progresses to Campus Police Supervisor.

The second career path typically progresses to Police Sergeant.

Additionally, the third career path typically starts with an Emergency Dispatcher position, and then progresses to Emergency Dispatch Supervisor.

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Police Patrol Officer salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Police Patrol Officer, the highest Police Patrol Officer salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Police Patrol Officer salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Police Patrol Officer salary is in Miami, FL, where the Police Patrol Officer salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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