Texas police officers work as state troopers, city police officers and private investigators. Uniformed police officers are responsible for patrolling assigned areas, enforcing laws and responding to emergency calls. They might also arrest suspects and write reports.
Many police officers also work as detectives or criminal investigators. These professionals collect evidence from crime scenes, interview suspects and testify in court. They often specialize in investigating a particular type of crime, such as homicide, and they work on assigned crimes until their work results in an arrest.
Texas Police Officer Job Market
Among markets for police officer jobs, Texas offers one of the largest, with around 75,000 workers in this field. About 55,000 police work in Texas. Detectives and criminal investigators hold about 16,600 jobs, while private investigators hold about 2,200 jobs. Police and detective supervisors hold about 5,200 jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the police officer job market will grow about 5 percent over the next decade, though growth might fluctuate slightly depending on annual budgets.
Police Officer Salaries in Texas
Salaries for police officers in Texas are typically at or below the national average. Police officers earn about $26 per hour or $54,000 per year, which is just under the national average of $56,000 per year.
Those who specialize in certain kinds of law enforcement or investigation often earn higher salaries. Detectives and criminal investigators earn an average of $37 per hour or about $77,500 per year, while their supervisors earn an average of $40.50 per hour or $84,000 per year. Private investigators earn about $26 per hour or $54,500 per year. Transit and railroad police have salaries on the low end of police officer wages, with an hourly rate of about $23.50 or an annual salary of about $49,000.