10 Highest Paying States for Law Enforcement (2011 Edition)
Kendra Weikman | PoliceLink
We know that you want to be in law enforcement not for the glory, but because it’s your call. It’s important to remember however that not every state is created equal. When it comes time for a police officer to choose a department there is often a lot to consider.
Understanding the overall health and standard of living in each state can make a big difference during one’s career. A high starting salary can be a major reason for signing on, but will it be worth if if rent dries up most of your pay, unemployment is rising and it takes you two hours to get to the station every morning?
Everything from department funding to the job market for your non-LEO spouse can have an impact on your life, and consequently a review of each prospective new home should be looked at with a wide lens.
So, which states currently offer the most overall value?
We’ve adapted this list, which takes into account various economic and quality of life metrics, to provide anyone with an interest or opportunity to compare what these states have to offer.
We looked at growth rates, average salaries and costs of living.
Mean hourly wages were used to calculate each state’s average officer salary. Overtime was not considered.
Whether you are just finishing up a degree and looking for a department, or are a seasoned LEO and are simply curious to see where your hometown ranks, read on to see which states made the list.