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Police Chief / Sergeant

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Police Chief or Sergeant directs operations and supervises the activities of a local police department or a unit or shift within a department. Implements new initiatives to address problems with crime in the community.

Job Outlook

There were 536 Police Chief / Sergeant job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10918 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Police Chief / Sergeant industry, which includes the Police Chief / Sergeant career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Police Chief / Sergeant jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,703.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,578.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Police Chief / Sergeant postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $44,508.

Education and Experience

Posted Police Chief / Sergeant jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree15.33%
Bachelor's Degree30.23%
Master's Degree11.24%
Doctoral Degree2.67%
Other37.53%

Posted Police Chief / Sergeant jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years36.91%
3 to 5 years39.47%
6 to 8 years10.24%
9+ years13.37%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Police Chief / Sergeant positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (35.89%)
  • Investigation (32.69%)
  • Operations (30.9%)
  • Management (27.15%)
  • Leadership (18.15%)
  • Writing (15.64%)
  • Planning (14.3%)
  • Customer Service (12.25%)
  • Coordinating (11.83%)
  • Research (9.24%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Law Enforcement (57.88%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Mental Health (5.57%)
  • Auditing (10.19%)
  • Criminal Corrections (8.37%)
  • Crime Prevention (16.73%)
  • Administrative Support (5.8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Community Policing (7.64%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Law Enforcement (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Police Chief / Sergeant skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Sheriff's Deputy
  • Police Sergeant
  • Chief of Police
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Police Chief
  • Sheriff's Sergeant
  • Police Captain
  • Sheriff
  • Assistant Sheriff

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Police Chief / Sergeant jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Seattle Colleges Foundation (116)
  • Aramark (74)
  • Non-Federal Agency (71)
  • County of El Dorado (68)
  • Salt Lake County (68)
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (58)
  • State of Louisiana (55)
  • County Of Sonoma (49)
  • Shelby County Government (47)
  • State of South Carolina (47)

North Carolina

  • Victorian Senior Care (47)
  • Bald Head Island Transportation (23)
  • Therapeutic Alternatives (18)
  • State of North Carolina (15)
  • University of North Carolina (11)
  • UNC Health (11)
  • Strategic Security Corporation (10)
  • Shelby County Government (10)
  • Forsyth County (9)
  • Onslow County (8)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!