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How much money does a cop make?

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that, in 2012, police patrol officers earned an annual median salary of $55,270. Police detectives brought in $74,300. "Median" indicates that half of all the salaries were below that number and half were above.

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In addition to salary, police departments generally provide good benefits to their employees. Many uniformed officers receive clothing allowances. In addition, compared to other professions, police officers are often eligible to receive earlier retirement benefits. Officers work full-time, and shift work is required so that services are continually available to the community. Senior officers are frequently allowed to choose their shifts. If officers work overtime, they receive additional pay.

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