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Police Officer Average Salary in Portugal 2020

How much money does a Police Officer make in Portugal?


Average Monthly Salary
3,840 EUR
( 46,100 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,770
EUR
AVERAGE
3,840
EUR
HIGH
6,110
EUR

A person working as a Police Officer in Portugal typically earns around 3,840 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,770 EUR (lowest) to 6,110 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Police Officer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Police Officer Salary Distribution in Portugal

Median and salary distribution monthly Portugal Police Officer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Police Officer salaries in Portugal range from 1,770 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 6,110 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,150 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Police Officer(s) are earning less than 4,150 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,150 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Police Officer(s) are earning less than 2,660 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,660 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Police Officer(s) are earning less than 5,540 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,540 EUR.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Police Officer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Portugal Police Officer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Police Officer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Police Officer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,010 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,680 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,960 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Police Officer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,830 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 5,270 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,700 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Police Officer average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
2,010 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,680 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,960 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,830 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,270 EUR
20+ Years+8%
5,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Police Officer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Police Officer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Portugal Police Officer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Police Officer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Police Officer is 2,290 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,590 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 6,030 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Police Officer average salary difference by education level in Portugal

High School
2,290 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+57%
3,590 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+68%
6,030 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Police Officer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Police Officer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Police Officer employees in Portugal earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

Female
3,710 EUR
Male+7%
3,980 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Police Officer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Police Officer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Police Officer

Police Officer(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Portugal / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Police Officer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Police Officer
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A Police Officer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
34%
No Bonus
66%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Police Officer employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,730 EUR
Public Sector+6%
5,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Police Officer Salary Trend and Forecast in Portugal

How are Police Officer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Portugal Police Officer
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Average Salary 2016
3,320 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,450 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
3,580 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
3,710 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Police Officer salaries in Portugal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Police Officer Average Hourly Wage in Portugal


22 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 22 EUR. This means that the average Police Officer in Portugal earns approximately 22 EUR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Police Officer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Police Officer and Law Enforcement / Security / Fire monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Police Officer is 10% less than that of Law Enforcement / Security / Fire. Also, Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries are 12% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Coordinator3,940 EUR+2%
Accreditation Manager4,910 EUR+28%
Advocate4,050 EUR+5%
Control Room Operator2,930 EUR-24%
Criminal Investigator5,060 EUR+32%
Facility Monitor4,090 EUR+6%
Fire Chief5,120 EUR+33%
Fire Dispatcher3,630 EUR-6%
Fire Education Specialist4,520 EUR+18%
Fire Extinguisher Technician3,170 EUR-18%
Fire Fighter3,660 EUR-5%
Fire Inspector4,560 EUR+19%
Fire Investigator4,920 EUR+28%
Fire Prevention Engineer4,280 EUR+11%
Forensic Investigator4,560 EUR+19%
Forensic Science Technician4,610 EUR+20%
Fraud and Forensic Specialist5,010 EUR+30%
Fraud Examiner5,170 EUR+34%
Grants Specialist5,440 EUR+42%
Intellectual Property Associate4,410 EUR+15%
Intelligence Research Specialist5,140 EUR+34%
Investigator4,970 EUR+29%
Jail Officer3,130 EUR-19%
Juvenile Probation Officer3,970 EUR+3%
Juvenile Supervision Officer3,870 EUR+1%
Lock-Smith2,660 EUR-31%
Parole Officer3,520 EUR-8%
Police Captain4,540 EUR+18%
Police Communications Officer3,970 EUR+3%
Police Officer3,840 EUR-0%
Police Patrol Officer3,690 EUR-4%
Prison Officer3,190 EUR-17%
Prisoner Custody Officer3,260 EUR-15%
Private Detective / Investigator5,120 EUR+33%
Security Adviser4,740 EUR+23%
Security Guard2,860 EUR-26%
Security Management Specialist5,250 EUR+37%
Security Manager5,270 EUR+37%
Security Officer3,180 EUR-17%
Security Supervisor3,970 EUR+3%
Security Systems Installer3,740 EUR-3%
Security Technician3,120 EUR-19%
Surveillance Operator3,880 EUR+1%
Traffic Controller3,940 EUR+2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal3,380 EUR
Lisbon3,940 EUR
Porto3,630 EUR
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