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Police Officer Salaries

How Much Does a Police Officer Make?

Police officer salaries can vary greatly by location with the average annual salary ranging from $31,600 in Mississippi to $84,930 in New Jersey according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, the average annual salary is $57,770 for patrol officers with the top 10% earning an average annual salary of $89,310.1 Police officers can earn a good salary in addition to attractive benefits that may include a uniform allowance, paid vacation and holidays, medical insurance, and retirement benefits. As police officers gain experience and move into positions of leadership, there are good opportunities for salary increases. The following table displays the average annual salary for patrol officers in each state, the percentage of the median home price that the annual salary buys, and the projected job growth for police officers from 2010 to 2020.

Police Officer Salary Index and Outlook by State

Rank State 2012 Avg. Police Salary 2013 Zillow Median Property List Price % of Median Home Average Salary Buys (Higher = Better) Projected Patrol Officer Employment in 2020 2010 Total Patrol Officers Employed 10-year Growth Rate (2010-2020) Best States for Police (Avg=1)
Michigan $53,010 $124,900 42% 17680 16570 7% 1.45
Texas $52,130 $193,500 27% 67980 56460 20% 1.39
Ohio $53,690 $124,900 43% 24200 23560 3% 1.36
Illinois $66,570 $164,900 40% 32410 30570 6% 1.36
Oklahoma $41,300 $144,000 29% 9020 7860 15% 1.31
Indiana $45,900 $129,900 35% 11740 10830 8% 1.28
Arkansas $36,790 $139,900 26% 6930 5940 17% 1.28
Tennessee $41,940 $160,000 26% 15090 13050 16% 1.25
Iowa $50,480 $131,800 38% 4790 4600 4% 1.25
Utah $45,580 $234,900 19% 5930 4860 22% 1.22
Nebraska $49,710 $139,000 36% 3020 2910 4% 1.19
Kansas $44,010 $133,000 33% 6760 6320 7% 1.19
Idaho $45,800 $189,500 24% 3350 2960 13% 1.10
North Carolina $40,870 $192,000 21% 22510 19410 16% 1.10
Alaska $72,240 $249,000 29% 1280 1190 8% 1.10
Nevada $67,450 $189,900 36% 4820 4790 1% 1.10
Colorado $63,040 $279,900 23% 11150 9850 13% 1.07
Wisconsin $54,170 $156,900 35% 10920 10820 1% 1.07
Kentucky $41,040 $139,900 29% 6930 6490 7% 1.07
Missouri $42,190 $137,900 31% 13010 12550 4% 1.04
Maryland $57,460 $265,000 22% 16560 14700 13% 1.04
North Dakota $48,400 $195,900 25% 1180 1080 9% 1.01
Wyoming $51,090 $220,000 23% 1470 1320 11% 1.01
Florida $56,380 $199,900 28% 38410 36190 6% 1.01
Minnesota $58,060 $184,900 31% 9520 9230 3% 1.01
Louisiana $39,100 $166,300 24% 11680 10750 9% 0.98
Arizona $58,590 $215,000 27% 12840 12160 6% 0.98
Pennsylvania $59,010 $169,900 35% 27620 28140 -2% 0.98
New Mexico $46,550 $199,900 23% 3380 3100 9% 0.95
Alabama $40,450 $164,900 25% 11410 10810 6% 0.92
New Jersey $84,930 $279,900 30% 23790 23510 1% 0.92
New Hampshire $49,450 $229,900 22% 3100 2870 8% 0.89
Connecticut $63,100 $265,000 24% 6840 6480 6% 0.89
South Dakota $40,990 $169,000 24% 1830 1730 6% 0.89
Washington $68,920 $265,000 26% 9080 8750 4% 0.89
Oregon $60,960 $255,000 24% 5210 4910 6% 0.89
Georgia $38,240 $172,000 22% 20530 19270 7% 0.86
South Carolina $38,700 $179,000 22% 10280 9580 7% 0.86
West Virginia $36,920 $139,500 26% 3710 3600 3% 0.86
Mississippi $31,600 $150,000 21% 3010 2820 7% 0.83
California $84,320 $400,000 21% 78300 73100 7% 0.83
Virginia $50,420 $240,000 21% 17800 16610 7% 0.83
Montana $46,600 $269,900 17% 1870 1700 10% 0.80
Maine $42,630 $195,900 22% 2130 2080 2% 0.71
Rhode Island $54,350 $249,900 22% 1860 1820 2% 0.71
Vermont $41,840 $229,900 18% 1330 1250 6% 0.71
New York $68,510 $300,000 23% 58620 58150 1% 0.71
Hawaii $55,440 $498,500 11% 2980 2810 6% 0.50
Massachusetts $57,310 $339,900 17% 17260 18070 -4% 0.39
Delaware*

Table Footnotes:
*Delaware has been omitted due to a lack of data.

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm
3. Zillow.com: http://www.zillow.com/home-values/
4. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
5. Mississippi Department of Employment Security: http://mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/occupational-projections/