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How much does a average police officer make?

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Mark’s Answer

It is very important to know the region you’d like to be a police officer. Unfortunately the deep southern states pay the poorest. Police Officers in NY, Texas, AZ, California, and Mich. tend to be the highest paid. With overtime and benefits, $100,000/yr is very attainable. In the states I mentioned, that number is low. Unfortunately in the south, my brother in law is a Sheriff who tops out at about $75,000. It certainly is not right, but it’s a reality. It’s always import to know a salary before you take a test or apply. Keep in mind Sheriff’s make a different salary compared to suburban police compared to State Police.
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Jason’s Answer

This will depend significantly as to where you work. This is something you can easily research online by area and type of community-rural, suburban, urban, county officer, local, state, ect.

There are officers in suburbs making 100k and there are officers in cities making 40k. Take a look at where you want to work and how you will get through the process of the academy. Some require you to be hired first and others allow "alternate route" where you pay your way to become a certified police officer and then look for a job. You paying your way sometimes makes things more lucrative for the hiring station because they did not have to pay your tuition.

Best of luck, stay safe.
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