What Are the Benefits of Being a Police Officer?

A variety of job options, attractive retirement packages and job security are some of the benefits of being a police officer, notes Career Profiles. Other benefits include prestige, constant challenge and fulfillment, explains the National Center for Women and Policing.

One of the benefits of a career in law enforcement is the diversity of options available, explains Career Profiles. At the local level, prospective law enforcement officers can opt to be corrections officers, investigative officers, criminologists or municipal police officers, among other positions. State troopers, patrol officers, investigative officers and state highway patrol officers are some of the positions available at the state level.

At the federal level, prospective officers can opt for investigative jobs such as those available at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or at the Drug Enforcement Agency. Other positions include those at the Secret Service and at the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Another benefit of being a law enforcement officer is good pay. According to Salary.com, the median annual pay for a police officer exclusive of benefits is slightly over $52,000, as of 2014. The pay can rise to as high as $70,000 per year. The pay of a law enforcement officer varies by experience, rank, jurisdiction, education level and other factors.