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Top 10 best paying states for police officers


As you guys know I blog on my off duty time because well for one I like it and I enjoy helping folks that want to become cops. I get a lot of emails daily from people all over about how to prepare for the police exam, and oral board interview and etc. If I don’t answer your email right away, please be patient. I answer all incoming emails personally, I don’t have an assistance to do this.  So, image trying to answer over 50, sometimes 80 emails a day. You get my drift.

Today I’m going to switch gears as this data is good for people who are willing to relocate and find the best paying states for police officers. Here’s what I found that I wanted to share with you.

 Police officers and Sheriff deputies are the third most in-demand profession in the Homeland Security sector. There is projected need for 265,000 police officers by the end of 2014; but that is not to say that some states have a higher need than others. The following is a guide that I found that will help you navigate, state by state, the law enforcement employment gauntlet.

(*These stats are based off of mean salaries ending in the year 2006)

 

 

State

Wage

1.

New Jersey

$33.88

2.

California

$33.12

3.

Illinois

$28.81

4.

Washington

$28.48

5.

Nevada

$27.74

6.

Alaska

$26.98

7.

Connecticut

$26.72

8.

Pennsylvania

$25.76

9.

Colorado

$25.57

10.

Oregon

$24.76

*States not reporting: New York and District of Columbia

Special message: If you’re interested in law enforcement, there’s a few things that you must know. First, you must score high on civil service police exam, and then you must pass the police oral board interview in impressive fashion.

The entire process may take around 6 months to complete as you’ll be required to take a psych evaluation test, polygraph, and background check. Even after completing these steps, you’re still not guaranteed a job.

 If you want to increase your chance of getting hired, focus on scoring high on the police oral board interview, and the police exam. They are the single most important phases of the hiring process. If you score high on both, you’ll most likely be offered the job.  

For an in-dept look at the top 50 most commonly asked questions on the police oral board interview visit Police Oral Board Interview Secrets 

Author, E.L. Forestal

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