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Becoming a police officer

Police Officer Salary & Benefits

Aside from being able to serve and protect the community, becoming a police officer may be more rewarding than you think - particularly when taking a closer look at a typical police officer salary (which is around $50,000/year). In most cases, a police officer's salary will depend on several different facors, inlcuding the state & county in which he resides, the length of time served as a police officer, along with any type of promotion or rank advancement; and some police salaries can even reach the six-figure mark (places such as San Jose, California) (Find out the average police officer salary in your area). In addition to a competitive salary, most states provide extensive medical and dental coverage, top-notch retirement plans, 2-5 weeks of paid vacation, holiday bonus pay, bilingual bonus, along with many other perks. Experienced police officers also have better chances of getting hired by the FBI or being offered lucrative private security jobs.

Take a look at some of the many benefits* of becoming a police officer:

  • Decent starting salary while attending the police academy
  • Starting salary range of $35-70k per year, depending on location
  • Excellent medical & dental coverage
  • Potential 4 day work week
  • 80-180 hours of paid vacation annually
  • Up to 96 hours of paid sick leave annually
  • Almost full salary pension with 30 years of service + annual cost of living increase
  • Off-duty employment [which may pay more]
  • Bonus for being bilingual
  • Potential earlier retirement for military personnel
  • Holiday bonus pay
  • Carry a gun almost anywhere you go
  • Develop close friendships with partners & co-workers

*Not all police departments will offer these benefits