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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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    Neversummer15

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    It would be good if they could break some of these stats up more by city/departments

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    skanea1

    over 6 years ago

    958 Comments

    How about individual cities? I lived in a town in South Texas where a Sgt with 10 yrs made $9.25/hr. No overtime authorized.

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    bsmedmpa

    over 6 years ago

    254 Comments

    And some folks wonder why making 10 bucks an hr I decided to re-enter military service, grab a military pension and life time medical and then re-enter LE? Seems pretty clear to me I made the right decision!!!

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    edwardsthegreat

    over 6 years ago

    56 Comments

    And thus the reason police corruption is on the rise.

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    mlawdog

    over 6 years ago

    204 Comments

    THATS MESSED UP I DIDNT EVEN SEE THE BLUE GRASS STATE

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    Saint_Michael

    over 6 years ago

    582 Comments

    I live on the MS Gulf Coast the pay here average is around 28,000 to 30,000 starting out.

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    Paladin5150

    over 6 years ago

    46 Comments

    Adjust for cost of living...

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    mpd240

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    You also need to look at the pension. Minnesota didn't make either list, but it has one of the best retirement planes.

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    chucky

    over 6 years ago

    518 Comments

    Don't let the pay scale fool you. working for san diego pd, I make over 35 dollars an hour, which seems like a lot, but really isn't. Take into consideration a median priced home in san diego is almost half a million dollars, gas is almost 3.50 a gallon, and groceries a other such things our extremely expensive. The 35 dollars an hour does not go very far. And most officers drive an hour or longer to work because they can not afford to live in the county. working for san diego, us officers have to pay the 9 percent into retirement and we also have officers paying $200 plus a pay check for medical coverage....so, looking at the pay scale listed is very deseving...be safe out there my brothers/sisters and god bless

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    RmAtlanta

    over 6 years ago

    432 Comments

    Great information. I wonder where the other states that are not listed ranked. GA is not even on the best or worst.

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    Sheepdog267

    over 6 years ago

    1530 Comments

    This research does not appear to be complete. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), informally referred to locally as "Metro", is hiring 400 officers a year for the next ten years. Perhaps the above numbers are for each year during the ten-year period. In any case, do not change departments merely for more $$ - you will not be happy. Thanks for reading my .02.

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    Anonymous

    over 6 years ago

    Oregon may be in the top paid, but benifits should be included as well and there is no way Oregon would make that list of good benifits. Its probably not the worst for benifits, but its definitely lacking. That's why I left...

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    redskyn23

    over 6 years ago

    176 Comments

    NJ does pay well but It darn near takes an act of congress to get on. Due to the politics involved Plus cost of living sucks up most of your salary. Im considering NYPD

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    Guitio99

    over 6 years ago

    14 Comments

    I know shift supervisors in my state that don't make 12 or 13 an hour. Wonder how they missed SC

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    CaliCop35

    over 6 years ago

    100 Comments

    I agree with Robert. Most of us CaliCops make a lot more than that...especially in the Bay & LA area.

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