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Prestigious, but dangerous: how much do cops earn in the USA

Six August 14 police officers were injured during a shootout with criminals in Philadelphia. Officers said they “had to run through windows and doors to escape bullets.” During the detention of drug dealers, the bandits took two policemen hostage, they had to be released by special forces soldiers. The operation was accompanied by a shootout in which the cops miraculously survived. This is just one of many examples of how dangerous police work is. How much do they earn for risking their lives daily?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average for a policeman is 29,35 dollars per hour. In 2018, their average annual salary was 63 380 dollars. In the 2016 year (recent data), more than 12 000 local police departments worked in the United States.

State data

Police and patrol officers in California are paid the most — 48,78 dollars per hour, and in Mississippi — the least — 17,09 dollars per hour.

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New York State ranks second in terms of police pay - 35,23 dollars per hour; in Florida, law enforcement officers are paid 26,89 dollars per hour.

City Data

Law enforcement agencies in cities often receive higher salaries due to higher crime rates than in rural areas. Thus, Los Angeles police officers receive the highest salary - about 50 dollars per hour, and Cleveland police officers - only 30 dollars per hour, which is the lowest rate among large cities. In New York City, law enforcement officers earn about 37 dollars per hour, and in Miami - 35 dollars per hour.

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Training costs for officers

According to the National Police Foundation, the cost of training and equipping one full-time police officer can exceed 100 000 dollars and last up to 18 months, and law enforcement agencies need about three to five years to get these initial investments paid off.

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