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Best and Worst Places to Be a Cop

Best and Worst Places to Be a Cop

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Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers are the third most in-demand profession in the Homeland Security sector. There is projected need for 265,000 officers by the end of 2014; but that is not to say that some states have a higher need than others. The following is a guide to help you navigate, state by state, the law enforcement employment gauntlet.




Top 10 Best Paying Police Jobs By State

(*These stats are based off of mean salaries ending in the year 2006)

State

Wage

1.

New Jersey

$33.88

2.

California

$33.12

3.

Illinois

$28.81

4.

Washington

$28.48

5.

Nevada

$27.74

6.

Alaska

$26.98

7.

Connecticut

$26.72

8.

Pennsylvania

$25.76

9.

Colorado

$25.57

10.

Oregon

$24.76

*States not reporting: New York and District of Columbia


Top 10 Worst Paying Police Jobs by State

(*These stats are based off of mean salaries ending in the year 2006)

State

Wage

1.

Mississippi

$13.59

2.

Arkansas

$13.67

3.

Louisiana

$13.75

4.

Oklahoma

$13.88

5.

Tennessee

$15.26

6.

Missouri

$15.39

7.

West Virginia

$15.44

8.

Vermont

$15.64

9.

Alabama

$15.80

10.

South Dakota

$16.07

*States not reporting: New York and District of Colombia


Top 10 States By Highest Expected Police Job Growth (between 2006 – 2016)

(*These stats are based off of job growth expectations ending in the year 2006)

State

# of New Jobs

1.

California

12,700

2.

Florida

7,450

3.

Georgia

3,530

4.

Arizona

2,840

5.

New York

2,820

6.

North Carolina

2,720

7.

Colorado

2,280

8.

Tennessee

2,280

9.

Ohio

2,240

10.

Missouri

2,070

* States not reporting: Kansas, Texas, Virginia, District of Colombia


Top 10 States By Lowest Expected Police Job Growth (between 2006 – 2016)

(*These stats are based off of job growth expectations ending in the year 2006)

State

# of New Jobs

1.

North Dakota

80

2.

Rhode Island

120

3.

South Dakota

120

4.

Alaska

160

5.

Wyoming

160

6.

Hawaii

220

7.

West Virginia

220

8.

Vermont

230

9.

Maine

320

10.

Delaware

340

* States not reporting: Kansas, Texas, Virginia, District of Colombia


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections; the Labor Market Information Office within the State Employment Security Agency

Note: The data for the State Trends and the National Trends tables are not directly comparable. The employment projections period for State Trends is 2004-2014, while the period for National Trends is 2006-2016.


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    cricket12345

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    WOW police officers should be paid alot more than what they are getting now. Every where in the united states. You put your life on the line everyday. It's a shame.

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    crowfeeder

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    Just because we get pet more money in California, does not mean law enforcement in CA In well paid. Remember my house in Alabama was $160,000 and a similar house in ca was $1,011,600. The pay bump does not cover the difference. Not even close.

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    229Mick

    over 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    It's amazing to see NJ and California listed as 'good' for something. Just their habit of overpaying 'government employees' I suppose?

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    TheMunz

    over 3 years ago

    344 Comments

    NY Numbers are deceiving. The difference in Large City vs. Upstate is pretty dramatic.

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    pastor_greene

    over 3 years ago

    72 Comments

    I worked in Washington DC for the FPS for 15 years, I know they are paid well. I live now in Arkansas and I know they pay so poorly they always are understaffed. I applied here and was told I was over qualified, figure that out. LOL.

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    thedon21

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    After reading this I found another reason to love Texas LEO pay.

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    lemmonw

    over 3 years ago

    464 Comments

    whooooo WASHINGTON!

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    gtatsiyenko

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    freido7590 looks like we are screwed. these numbers dont scare me, I'm still gonna get hired in RI.

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    RetLAAgent

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    31 years in Law Enforcement - Retired from the State of Louisiana - $1,000.00/mo take home! (But I had fun ....)

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    cgormley1180

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    i gotta get out to california. haha

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    FattimusPrime

    almost 4 years ago

    372 Comments

    Wow, New Mexico is not on any of those lists, Academy Cadets get around 12 an hour, once an officer or deputy it jumps to anywhere from 13-16 depending on agency, but they all use the same academy unless your BIA.

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    lpd551

    almost 4 years ago

    96 Comments

    I live in Kansas it it's so bad we don"t even make the top 10 for the worst LOL

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    NNOOO! I live in Rhode Island :(

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    capps8602

    almost 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Heck yea!!! Another reason for me to hate being a cop in Tennessee. Please God grant me the ability to carry on.

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    Realmx

    almost 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    Yippie!!!!!! 6. North Carolina 2,720

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