How much do police officers make?


Quick Answer

The average salary for police officers and detectives in 2012 was $56,980, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent earned more than $93,450, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,060.

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The employment of police officers and detectives is estimated to grow only 5 percent between 2012 and 2022; this is much lower than the average growth for most occupations. The best job opportunities will be had by those who have both a bachelor's degree in addition to military or law enforcement job experience. Bilingual candidates are also desirable. The amount of government spending determines employment rates for those in law enforcement.

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