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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 72061$31.12/hr$18.76/hr$26.58/hr$31.89/hr$37.00/hr$40.93/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration9,690$35.56/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 150$28.74/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 170$27.23/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 170$34.65/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 180$31.36/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 290$32.79/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 340$33.77/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 490$30.82/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 530$30.79/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 540$31.86/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 570$27.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 630$32.09/hr1.2%
Southeast Minnesota 720$31.89/hr5.4%
Southwest Minnesota 870$28.21/hr1.7%
Northwest Balance of State 1,060$28.70/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 1,280$31.34/hr13.7%
Northwest Minnesota 1,320$28.99/hr7.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5,410$40.09/hr9.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 6,190$38.99/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,820$35.65/hr7.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Transit and Railroad Police N/A$36.46/hrN/A
Correctional Officers and Jailers 4,860$25.45/hrN/A
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 1,510$47.47/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.