SOC Code 33-3051 - Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

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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. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.


SOC Code 33-3051 - Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers is a a final level code of the “Protective Service Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 665,280 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $32.50 and average Annual Wage of $67,600.

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Occupation Examples

  • Border Guard
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Constable
  • Cop
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Motorcycle Police
  • Mounted Police
  • Park Police
  • Patrol Officer
  • Policeman
  • Policewoman
  • State Highway Police Officer
  • State Trooper

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