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Chief inspector Average UK Salary & Prospects

Chief inspectors manage operational teams in their districts like CID or neighbourhood policing, co-ordinating responses to major incidents.

  • Supervise and coordinate the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensuring that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.  
  • Explain police operations to subordinates to assist them in performing their job duties.  
  • Train staff in proper police work procedures.  
  • Investigate and resolve
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Chief inspectors typically work around 44 to 46 hours per week.

As a Chief inspector you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    38,674 GBP *
    per year
    57,000 GBP
    59,250 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Chief inspector

    Men make 12% more than Women
    54% of Chief inspectors are men
    • 40,761 GBP
    • 35,914 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Chief inspector
    Average salary for full-time Chief inspector

    • 15,558 GBP
    • 13,606 GBP
    • 38,674 GBP
    • 35,914 GBP
    • 40,761 GBP
    Pay over time for Chief inspector

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 37,852 GBP
    • 37,692 GBP
    • 39,385 GBP
    • 37,491 GBP
    • 36,947 GBP
    • 39,059 GBP
    • 38,674 GBP
    • 38,669 GBP

    Future outlook for Chief inspectors

    Very good outlook
    83 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    0% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    30% chance of automation in the future

    Chief inspector - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Chief inspector and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 37% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 19% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 19% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    If you're a middle or senior manager working in commerce or industry, and have relevant skills and experience, you can apply for the Direct Entry at Inspector or Direct Entry at Superintendent programme. You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification to apply.

    The programmes last between 18 and 24 months and offer the training and support you need to make the switch from your current job to an operational police leader.

    After completing the training and with several years' experience working at operational level, you can apply to become a chief inspector.

    You can find out more about this from Lead Beyond.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Chief inspector

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Chief inspector.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Chief inspector. Check that you know:
    Data base user interface and query software Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS; National Crime Information Center NCIC database; National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN; Spillman Technologies Records
    Electronic mail software Email software
    Graphics or photo imaging software Computer aided composite drawing software; DesignWare 3D EyeWitness; Microsoft Visio
    Office suite software Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office
    Presentation software Microsoft PowerPoint
    Improve your skills today

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    Things to highlight for your Chief inspector interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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