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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

RankState2012 Avg. Police Salary2013 Zillow Median Property List Price% of Median Home Average Salary Buys (Higher = Better)Projected Patrol Officer Employment in 20202010 Total Patrol Officers Employed10-year Growth Rate (2010-2020)Best States for Police (Avg=1)
Michigan$53,010$124,90042%17680165707%1.45
Texas$52,130$193,50027%679805646020%1.39
Ohio$53,690$124,90043%24200235603%1.36
Illinois$66,570$164,90040%32410305706%1.36
Oklahoma$41,300$144,00029%9020786015%1.31
Indiana$45,900$129,90035%11740108308%1.28
Arkansas$36,790$139,90026%6930594017%1.28
Tennessee$41,940$160,00026%150901305016%1.25
Iowa$50,480$131,80038%479046004%1.25
Utah$45,580$234,90019%5930486022%1.22
Nebraska$49,710$139,00036%302029104%1.19
Kansas$44,010$133,00033%676063207%1.19
Idaho$45,800$189,50024%3350296013%1.10
North Carolina$40,870$192,00021%225101941016%1.10
Alaska$72,240$249,00029%128011908%1.10
Nevada$67,450$189,90036%482047901%1.10
Colorado$63,040$279,90023%11150985013%1.07
Wisconsin$54,170$156,90035%10920108201%1.07
Kentucky$41,040$139,90029%693064907%1.07
Missouri$42,190$137,90031%13010125504%1.04
Maryland$57,460$265,00022%165601470013%1.04
North Dakota$48,400$195,90025%118010809%1.01
Wyoming$51,090$220,00023%1470132011%1.01
Florida$56,380$199,90028%38410361906%1.01
Minnesota$58,060$184,90031%952092303%1.01
Louisiana$39,100$166,30024%11680107509%0.98
Arizona$58,590$215,00027%12840121606%0.98
Pennsylvania$59,010$169,90035%2762028140-2%0.98
New Mexico$46,550$199,90023%338031009%0.95
Alabama$40,450$164,90025%11410108106%0.92
New Jersey$84,930$279,90030%23790235101%0.92
New Hampshire$49,450$229,90022%310028708%0.89
Connecticut$63,100$265,00024%684064806%0.89
South Dakota$40,990$169,00024%183017306%0.89
Washington$68,920$265,00026%908087504%0.89
Oregon$60,960$255,00024%521049106%0.89
Georgia$38,240$172,00022%20530192707%0.86
South Carolina$38,700$179,00022%1028095807%0.86
West Virginia$36,920$139,50026%371036003%0.86
Mississippi$31,600$150,00021%301028207%0.83
California$84,320$400,00021%78300731007%0.83
Virginia$50,420$240,00021%17800166107%0.83
Montana$46,600$269,90017%1870170010%0.80
Maine$42,630$195,90022%213020802%0.71
Rhode Island$54,350$249,90022%186018202%0.71
Vermont$41,840$229,90018%133012506%0.71
New York$68,510$300,00023%58620581501%0.71
Hawaii$55,440$498,50011%298028106%0.50
Massachusetts$57,310$339,90017%1726018070-4%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/