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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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