Occupational Employment Statistics


33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,63053$28.69/hr$21.36/hr$25.07/hr$28.78/hr$32.58/hr$37.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration9,320$34.76/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 80$27.99/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$27.24/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 170$29.41/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 200$32.70/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 320$31.84/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 320$34.40/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 520$33.47/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 520$30.03/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 560$28.90/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 570$26.17/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 580$32.22/hr1.2%
Southeast Minnesota 750$30.20/hr5.4%
Southwest Minnesota 850$28.06/hr1.7%
Northwest Balance of State 970$28.77/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 1,190$30.43/hr13.7%
Northwest Minnesota 1,630$28.78/hr7.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5,030$38.87/hr9.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,880$37.68/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,450$34.84/hr7.6%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Transit and Railroad Police N/AN/AN/A
Correctional Officers and Jailers 4,770$25.10/hrN/A
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives 1,510$46.06/hr7.6%

  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.
  • Drive vehicles or patrol specific areas to detect law violators, issue citations, and make arrests.
  • Issue citations or warnings to violators of motor vehicle ordinances.
  • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
  • Patrol specific area on foot, horseback, or motorized conveyance, responding promptly to calls for assistance.
  • Verify that the proper legal charges have been made against law offenders.