Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

in Massachusetts

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.

Occupation Projection for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Title Employment Change Average Annual Typical education needed for entry
2016 2026 Level Percent Exits Transfers Change Openings
333051  Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 17,651 18,561 910 5.16 % 437 705 91 1,233 High school diploma or equivalent 

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers Projections by Industry

Industry 2016
Projected 2026 Employment Change
Mean Annual OES Wage
Number Percent Distribution Number Percent Distribution Number Percent
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals    3,510  20 % 3,700  20 % 190  5 % $70,510
Educational Services    960  5 % 1,080  6 % 120  13 % $62,570
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
Economic Research
This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. (more...)