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  • How much does a new Officer make a year?

    How much does a new Officer make in a year?

    My department starts new Officers at about $40,000 a year. This is without overtime.

    I believe that Officers in the U.S. get paid more than our international brother and sister Officers.

    Thanks for the answers....

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    My opinion/experience has been that cops tend to have fairly similar lifestyles in most countries, or at least most industrialized countries, even though salaries vary alot. I have talked to an RCMP officer who lived in a house much like mine, drove cars similar to mine, etc., but his salary converted to US dollars was somewhat lower than mine, roughly I was making 52-55K USD, he was making 45K. I knew an Australian who was in about the same boat. I have known some Germans who were making a decent amount more than me when their salaries were converted to USD, but again our lifestyles were similar. I have talked to several from the UK and their salaries converted to USD were also lower than mine, yet they were faced with very expensive property values, and an even worse tax situation.

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    • #3
      USACop

      You make the equivalent of $37,500 before over-time and (for some areas) regional living allowance when you're starting out. However, pretty much everything in the UK is more expensive than US equivalents (the same car will, as a rule of thumb, cost us the same in pounds as it will cost you in dollars and as for gas - fugeddaboutit).
      I'm a little bit waayy, a little bit wooah, a little bit woosh, I'm a geezer.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jnhdrac
        My opinion/experience has been that cops tend to have fairly similar lifestyles in most countries, or at least most industrialized countries, even though salaries vary alot...................
        I think that about sums it up jnhdrac.

        At an international level I think that it is difficult to compare salaries because of the various cost of living factors.

        I believe that as an Australian Police Officer I have the same standard of living as an American, Canadian, German, French, Irish, New Zealand or UK Police Officer.

        In so far as life styles are concerned, well, Australia is not called The Lucky Country for nothing.

        I think that where comparisons can be made is in the conditions of employment.

        For example I get 9 weeks Leave per Year, Accumulated Sick Leave of 15 days per Year, Long Service Leave, not sure how it works but I currently have over 6 Months Long Service Leave up my sleeve. Free Uniforms and so on and so on.

        Wouln't want this Thread to turn out to be a ****ing Contest but it would be interesting to compare our conditions.

        One of the things that I find surprising about the US, is how a Police Officer can be hired and fired at the whim of some elected official.

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        • #5
          Around here the highest-paying department starts officers at around $41K. After 3 years on the job an educational incentive kicks in -- 9% extra for a 2-year degree, 18% for a 4-year, 21% for a Masters (reduced from 27% when the department starting getting Masters-heavy). This doesn't include overtime. With OT and the educational bonus, I'd say most of those officers are making the $50-60K range.

          The lowest paying departments are now in the low $30K range. That's a fairly recent change. It wasn't too long ago that starting cops around here were only making $23-$25k.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by JohnKelly
            ...One of the things that I find surprising about the US, is how a Police Officer can be hired and fired at the whim of some elected official.

            John,

            You'll probably find that this is NOT the case in most departments in the USA.

            In my neck of the woods, all full-time officers are hired throuh a Civil Service process and their jobs are considered Civil Service jobs. That's not to say that they can't be fired, but it certainly wouldn't be on some elected official's whim.

            Perhaps you are thinking of the more, erm ..."rustic" parts of the country...!!! I can't imagine any legit police force not having civil service status, though I'm sure there are some smaller Sheriff's Departments that may not, being that the Sheriff is an elected official.

            Later.
            Christ, you know it ain't easy...

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            • #7
              Our department before taxes and without OT is $39,936 and no holiday pay included.

              That is pretty competive around this area and it is more than the big city makes.


              Except we don't have shift differential pay either.
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              • #8
                Damn, I feel pretty good. When I left my department I paid tax on over 75,000 my last year (1994) This year my total pension is right at $55,000.oo
                Of course I do believe that the cost of living in diffrent areas of the country have a lot to do with what you will get paid and what you will get when you retire.

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                • #9
                  Well, Police work beats digging ditches for a living. I've never dug ditches but I have dug basements and I know which I prefer to do for a living
                  I'm a little bit waayy, a little bit wooah, a little bit woosh, I'm a geezer.

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                  • #10
                    John,
                    9 weeks of leave,9!!!!!!!

                    Holy cahones....Im on about 23-5 days of leave per year.Lawdy!!!!

                    We pay ok,could do better,however its the only job i know of that as long as you behave yourself,dont be stupid you'll always have a job with a reasonable amount of social standing...
                    Oh and free pants every year.
                    "Well, I never had an invisible friend when I was young, but I'm sure that if I did, it would be Constable Smiley."

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                    • #11
                      Wow. Those are some impressive starting figures, considering that I got paid $18,600 my first year back in 1988.
                      If it wasn't for STUPID PEOPLE I'd be unemployed.

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                      • #12
                        Heck if you want to talk about 1st. year's pay I started at $7,500.00 per year back in 1969.

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                        • #13
                          In Canada for the most part police make the same. Some of my benefits in the RCMP are better than what other Canadian police get, but they might get slightly higher pay.

                          The starting salary for an RCMP constable is about $40,000. It goes up over three years to the top rate of about $65,000. All of your uniform and equipment is issued. The RCMP pays for all expenses related to sending you to your first posting and subsequent transfers. For the first five years you get three weeks leave. There are eleven statutory holidays a year. If you work them you get paid overtime. If they fall on your day off you get either paid for an extra day or another day off in lieu.

                          Our salary puts us right in the middle class for Canada. Policing is a well-respected profession here. It's on a par with teachers, firefighters and white-collar workers.

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                          • #14
                            SWATcop--- Wow. Those are some impressive starting figures, considering that I got paid $18,600 my first year back in 1988.
                            I say wow myself, in 1988 I was in grade school

                            DETSGT--- Heck if you want to talk about 1st. year's pay I started at $7,500.00 per year back in 1969.
                            And.... I say damn in 1969 I wasn't even close to being thought of


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                            I am the one you want and what you want is so unreal--M.M.

                            When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed--M.M.

                            Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV--Ani Difranco

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                            • #15
                              Yes Photo, but I most likely have children older than you are. They range from 25 to 38 years old. Damn I am getting old.

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