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Police Officers


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, police and sheriff's patrol officers earned a median annual salary of $63,150 in May 2019; the lowest 10 percent earned $36,960 or less a year, while the highest 10 percent earned $105,230 or more annually. Police detectives and criminal investigators earned median salaries of $83,170 a year, with a low of $44,860 or less and a high of $139,180 or more. Salaries for police officers range widely based on geographic location. Police departments in the West and North generally pay more than those in the South. 

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