Law Enforcement Administration

Earnings Potential

The earnings of Law Enforcement Administrators varies greatly, according to the location and type of work.

Summary

As in almost any career path, in order to become an administrator in law enforcement, an individual needs to have noteworthy experience in the particular field where s/he would like to become an administrator, as well as possessing administrative skills.  Although each individual department varies, a law enforcement career progresses in a determined manner:

This graph is intended to show the typical progression in any given career.
The example shown is a Police Officer                                                                                   


Years of Service

Rank

Pay

1-4

Police Officer

$20,000-$40,000

4

Technician

$25,000-$50,000

4-5

Detective

$32,000-$55,000

4-5

Corporal

$32,000-$55,000

6-7

Sergeant

$39,000-$60,000

8-9

Lieutenant

$42,000-$65,000

10+

Captain

$45,000-$69,000

10+

Commander

$45,000-$69,000

12+

Division Chief

$55,000-$75,000

15+

Deputy Chief

Varies Greatly

15+

Chief

Varies Greatly

A perfect example of a law enforcement administrator is the current police commissioner of New York City, Ray Kelly.  Originally, Ray Kelly became the commissioner of the NYC Police department under Democratic Mayor David Dinkins, from October 1992 until January 1994. Ray Kelly started his served as a Marine colonel in Vietnam, and he worked his way from cadet to Commissioner from 1960 to 1992. 

On a given day, Law Enforcement Administrators can be called upon to do various things ranging from field work, to coordinating press releases.  Law enforcement administrators typically have years of experience in the field before they reach the administrative level.  Logically, administrative positions exist in each and every Law Enforcement Profession.

Degrees that lead to this career

Administrators in Law Enforcement typically hold the degrees appropriate to their line of work, in addition to: an administrative degree, a managerial degree, or a legal degree.  In most cases, individuals who possess these degrees before they begin their field work are promoted more rapidly.

Career Openings

Due to increasing concerns related to homeland security, boarder patrol, disaster relief management, and the monitoring of our ports, a projected growth in law enforcement over all administrators is projected for the near future.

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