Police officer | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Police officers keep law and order, investigate crime, and support crime prevention.

  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.  
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.  
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.  
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Police officers typically work around 37 to 40 hours per week.

As a Police officer you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
60,450 GBP *
per year
21,000 GBP
41,500 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
Average salary for Police officer

  • 61,006 GBP
  • 58,806 GBP
Average salary for full-time Police officer

  • 60,450 GBP
  • 58,806 GBP
  • 61,006 GBP
Salary over time for Police officer

Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
  • 59,362 GBP
  • 61,752 GBP
  • 61,874 GBP
  • 60,599 GBP
  • 60,960 GBP
  • 59,375 GBP
  • 60,450 GBP
  • 62,457 GBP
  • 42,316 GBP

Future outlook for Police officers

Very good outlook
7 000+ jobs available
Fair outlook
-4% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
23% chance of automation in the future

Police officer - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

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

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 35% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 27% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma
  • 24% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

You could take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services before applying to the police, although this is not essential.

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • negotiation skills for keeping people safe
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding for dealing with traumatic situations
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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Things to highlight for your Police officer interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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