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How much do police officers get paid?

Ok, I'm 17, thinking about becoming a police officer. I want to go to a medium to large size city as a traffic cop or a narcotics officer. How much can I expect to be paid? (I will probably get the 2 year degree, but I'm also thinking about getting the 4 year.) Thanks in advance!

Asked By: Josh - 2/9/2009
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Depends on where you work. Officers in California make more then Officers in West Virginia for example. Rank, education, experience factor in also... More
Answered By: El Scott - 2/9/2009
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Maybe mid-30's, but should be more. You definitely have to love the job to do it for the crappy pay.
Answered By: HQ - 2/9/2009
 
I was just researching this. In Florida, the standard seems to waiver around 32K. Some small agencies start at 29K, and some of the larger agencies start at 35K, but the standard seems to be about 32K.
Answered By: burdfour - 2/9/2009
 
You wanna be a narcotics officer? How about becoming a cop for something useful...instead of supporting the stupid war on drugs?
Answered By: The Big Aristotle - 2/9/2009
 
First of all you will work uniform general duty patrol work long before you get to specialize... More
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Answered By: D J Motorcop - 2/9/2009
 
It varies so much. First, pick your state you want to live in because going by salary alone would be a mistake. Then figure out the size of the department, area, cost of living and compare pay and benefits... More
Answered By: Jesse B - 2/9/2009
 
It will depend on which part of the country, whether you work for a large city with a decent tax base or a rural area with no money... More
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Answered By: lpdhcdh - 2/9/2009
 
Police officer pay varies, sometimes a lot, depending on the police department. Police officer pay can also depend on things such as years of service, rank, how much education an officer has, and overtime. When considering pay, you should also consider benefits and cost of living.
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Answered By: J.W. - 11/26/2013
 
Hey when I was young I want too become police but it one of danger job so I didn't want too become a cop
Answered By: Dominique - 1/14/2014
 
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