Top 25 Cities for Cops
#5. Boston, MA
City’s Average Salary: $51,730
Starting Salary for Police Officers: $77,032 (with four year degree)
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 80
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 118
Unemployment Rate: 8.3
The unofficial “Capital of New England” is home to 21 four-year colleges and universities, making it a national center for higher education. These schools add to the local economy, not just by creating jobs but by attracting loads of high tech industries to the city. And at an average salary of $51,730, Boston boasts one of the highest incomes on the list. Living costs, however, are on the higher side, which pushes this iconic city farther down the list.