During 2009, California police officers earned, on average, $92,817, including overtime, incentive pay and payouts upon retirement, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis of data from the state controller's office. Firefighters and engineers earned, on average, $114,565. Average pay for police captains across the state was $161,606; for fire captains, it was $143,558.
This database shows the average pay for firefighters, police officers and their supervisors in nearly every California city and county. After getting your results, click "details" to see average city and county contributions to employee retirement and health plans. See notes below for methodology and caveats.