How much does a police officer make a year?

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How much does a police officer make a year?
Police officers earn wages based on their rank, location and seniority. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Police officers can move through several ranks while serving on the force, including job titles such as sergeant, lieutenant and captain. The amount of money a police officer makes a year depends upon which position he assumes as well as who his employer is and the location in which he works.

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Salary by Rank

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a police corporal in 2009 earned between £32,123 and £39,762 a year, police sergeants earned between £38,180 and £45,726 and police lieutenants earned between £42,697 and £51,524. The salary for a police captain ranged from £47,294 to £59,265, while deputy chiefs earned between £48,642 and £62,535. Police chiefs, the highest ranking position for a police offer, earned between £58,870 and £74,054.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

The average salary for police and sheriff's patrol officers as of May 2009 was £35,867, according to the bureau. Most are employed by the local government, earning an average annual salary of £35,828, while the state government offers an average salary of £38,259. California is the highest-paying state for police and sheriff's patrol officers with an average yearly salary of £51,148, followed by New Jersey at £50,479.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Detectives and criminal investigators earn an average salary of £42,809, as of May 2009, according to the bureau. Those working for the local government earn an average of £39,799, while those employed by the state government earn an average of £35,711. The federal executive branch offers higher wages for detectives at an average salary of £49,003. Washington, D.C., is the top-paying state for detectives and criminal investigators at an average salary of £61,503, followed by New Jersey at £55,854.

First Line Supervisors

First line supervisors coordinate activities on the police force and earn an average salary of £51,077, according to the bureau. Most are employees of the government; those working for the local government earn an average salary of £50,446, those working for the state government earn an average of £51,356 and those working for the federal executive branch earn an average of £60,352. At £78,000 for an average salary, California is the highest paying state for first-line supervisors, followed by New Jersey at £70,024.

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