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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Hunter:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, the median annual wage for police and detectives was $67,290 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10% percent earned less than $39,130, and the highest 10% percent earned more than $113,860. Here's a breakdown in other areas for your research.

SALARY

• Detectives & Criminal Investigators - - $86,940
• Transit & Railroad Police - - - - - - - - - - $72,580
• Police & Sheriff Patrol Officers - - - - - - $65,540
• Fish & Game Warden - - - - - - - - - - - - $58,040

Most police and detectives work full time. Paid overtime is common, and shift work is necessary to protect the public at all times.

OTHER COMPENSATION and BENEFITS

Many law enforcement agencies provide officers with an allowance for uniforms, as well as extensive benefits and the option to retire at an age that is younger than the typical retirement age. Some police departments offer additional pay for bilingual officers or those with college degrees.

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become a Police & Detective • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm#tab-4
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LaTonya’s Answer

Hunter,
In addition to Sheila's advice, I would like for you to review your city's police salaries. Salaries are based on each city's budget. Check the city government's website for their human resources benefits or job openings for police officers or law enforcement. Your decision is based where you prefer to work and live.

For example, here's Seattle police salaries: https://www.seattle.gov/police/police-jobs/salary-and-benefits#income

Here is the information for Curlew (Ferry county): https://www.ferry-county.com/Courts%20and%20Law/Civil_Service.html

Much success to you!
LaTonya
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David’s Answer

Hi Hunter - using search tools like Google can be very helpful here. Especially, to identify the salaries for many jobs at a more local level which will the most accurate for you. Good luck !
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