A specially trained police offer may work in the special weapons and tactics unit, also known as the SWAT team. The average salary for a SWAT team member may be influenced by the increasing demand for these specially trained workers that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will happen by 2018. In addition, the salary for SWAT team workers may also be influenced by the competition for federal and state law enforcement workers that will accompany the demand for workers.
National Salary Estimates
A SWAT team member's salary is categorized with other police officers and special unit officers on the bureau's salary information website. The mean hourly wage for SWAT officers is approximately $26.74 or $55,620 annually. However, the median is closer to $53,540 yearly, which is $25.74 per hour, if the SWAT officer works a full 2,080 hours every year. Starting salaries for SWAT officers may fall between $15.24 and $25.74 for mean salary figures, while senior or experienced officers earn closer to $40.15 hourly. These figures provide an estimated $4,635 per month, while a lower monthly salary is $2,642. Senior or experienced officers earn $6,959 per month.
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SWAT Officer Industries
Specially trained officers work in different industries, including local and state institutions. Local government offer $55,710 in annual wage for these officers, which is $4,643 per month. State employed officers earn $58,200 per annum, which provides a monthly income of $4,850. The federal executive branch officers are given $4,299 per month or $51,590 annually.
SWAT Officers State Salaries
The average salary given to SWAT officers and specially trained officers differ for each state, according to the bureau. SWAT officers working in Maryland earn $56,900 in annual income, which provides a monthly income of $4,742. However, officers working in Alabama earn $39,700 yearly, providing $3,308 in monthly income. New Jersey offered the highest salary, with officers averaging $79,300 yearly or $6,608 per month.
SWAT Officers Salary in Local Areas
SWAT officers may earn different salary figures depending on the area where they work. Los Angeles, Glendale and Long Beach, California SWAT officers earn close to $84,230 annually, which is a monthly income of $7,019. Those working in Houston and the Sugar Land area in Texas earn $53,270 annually, which is $4,439 per month. SWAT officers employed in Washington and Alexandria in the District of Columbia area earn $65,020 in annual income or $5,418 monthly.