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Police Officer Average Salary in Canada 2020

How much money does a Police Officer make in Canada?

Average Yearly Salary
72,100 CAD
( 6,010 CAD monthly)


A person working as a Police Officer in Canada typically earns around 72,100 CAD per year. Salaries range from 33,200 CAD (lowest) to 115,000 CAD (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 Canada

Median and salary distribution yearly Canada Police Officer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Police Officer salaries in Canada range from 33,200 CAD per year (minimum salary) to 115,000 CAD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 77,900 CAD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Police Officer(s) are earning less than 77,900 CAD while the other half are earning more than 77,900 CAD. 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 50,000 CAD while 75% of them are earning more than 50,000 CAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Police Officer(s) are earning less than 104,000 CAD while 25% are earning more than 104,000 CAD.

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 yearly Canada 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 37,700 CAD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 50,300 CAD per year, 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 74,400 CAD per year, 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 90,700 CAD per year, 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 98,800 CAD per year, 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 107,000 CAD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Police Officer average salary change by experience in Canada

0 - 2 Years
37,700 CAD
2 - 5 Years+34%
50,300 CAD
5 - 10 Years+48%
74,400 CAD
10 - 15 Years+22%
90,700 CAD
15 - 20 Years+9%
98,800 CAD
20+ Years+8%
107,000 CAD
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 yearly Canada 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 43,000 CAD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 67,400 CAD per year, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 113,000 CAD per year, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Police Officer average salary difference by education level in Canada

High School
43,000 CAD
Certificate or Diploma+57%
67,400 CAD
Bachelor's Degree+68%
113,000 CAD
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 yearly Canada 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 Canada earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

74,000 CAD
70,300 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Canada for all Careers

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Police Officer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Canada

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

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Police Officer(s) in Canada are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Canada Police Officer
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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.

Canada / All Professions

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 Canada is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Canada 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 Canada

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Canada 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.

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% 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
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Police Officer Average Hourly Wage in Canada

35 CAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Canada is 35 CAD. This means that the average Police Officer in Canada earns approximately 35 CAD 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 yearly Canada
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The average salary for Police Officer is 24% less than that of Law Enforcement / Security / Fire. Also, Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries are 20% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Coordinator99,800 CAD+38%
Accreditation Manager146,000 CAD+100%
Advocate90,400 CAD+25%
Control Room Operator38,100 CAD-47%
Criminal Investigator135,000 CAD+87%
Facility Monitor72,600 CAD+1%
Fire Chief135,000 CAD+87%
Fire Dispatcher62,500 CAD-13%
Fire Education Specialist111,000 CAD+54%
Fire Extinguisher Technician41,400 CAD-43%
Fire Fighter65,700 CAD-9%
Fire Inspector123,000 CAD+70%
Fire Investigator127,000 CAD+76%
Fire Prevention Engineer112,000 CAD+55%
Forensic Investigator122,000 CAD+69%
Forensic Science Technician119,000 CAD+65%
Fraud and Forensic Specialist126,000 CAD+75%
Fraud Examiner134,000 CAD+86%
Grants Specialist149,000 CAD+110%
Intellectual Property Associate111,000 CAD+54%
Intelligence Research Specialist192,000 CAD+170%
Investigator124,000 CAD+72%
Jail Officer54,600 CAD-24%
Juvenile Probation Officer90,900 CAD+26%
Juvenile Supervision Officer94,300 CAD+31%
Lock-Smith37,600 CAD-48%
Parole Officer64,000 CAD-11%
Police Captain157,000 CAD+120%
Police Communications Officer86,800 CAD+20%
Police Officer72,100 CAD-0%
Police Patrol Officer67,400 CAD-7%
Prison Officer52,800 CAD-27%
Prisoner Custody Officer48,000 CAD-33%
Private Detective / Investigator134,000 CAD+86%
Security Adviser128,000 CAD+77%
Security Guard34,300 CAD-52%
Security Management Specialist188,000 CAD+160%
Security Manager179,000 CAD+150%
Security Officer43,600 CAD-40%
Security Supervisor99,700 CAD+38%
Security Systems Installer95,800 CAD+33%
Security Technician41,600 CAD-42%
Surveillance Operator48,800 CAD-32%
Traffic Controller72,400 CAD+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Brampton71,900 CAD
Calgary80,600 CAD
Edmonton72,500 CAD
Gatineau69,800 CAD
Halifax67,300 CAD
Hamilton72,300 CAD
Kitchener71,800 CAD
Markham70,300 CAD
Mississauga74,100 CAD
Montreal80,800 CAD
Ottawa74,500 CAD
Quebec75,900 CAD
Regina63,800 CAD
Richmond64,700 CAD
Saskatoon64,300 CAD
Surrey70,600 CAD
Toronto77,800 CAD
Vancouver76,700 CAD
Vaughan69,100 CAD
Windsor68,600 CAD
Winnipeg77,300 CAD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alberta76,700 CAD
British Columbia77,800 CAD
Manitoba73,200 CAD
New Brunswick69,200 CAD
Newfoundland-Labrador68,000 CAD
Northwest Territories75,600 CAD
Nova Scotia71,500 CAD
Nunavut79,200 CAD
Ontario85,500 CAD
Prince Edward Island66,300 CAD
Quebec76,600 CAD
Saskatchewan67,300 CAD
Yukon62,100 CAD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Canada earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
117,000 CAD
Public Sector+4%
122,000 CAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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