Police pay varies widely state-to-state. While officers in California earn an average median salary of $96,660, those in Mississippi average only $34,550 — only slightly more than a third the annual earnings of their colleagues on the West Coast.
Compared to others on the list, some recruits in Georgia do OK — specifically, those who work in Atlanta, where average annual starting pay is $34,726.36. Education boosts pay as well: recruits with bachelor’s degrees start at $42,800.
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San Francisco offers one of the highest starting salaries for police in the country, at $83,018 annually. However, if you live in San Francisco, you also have to cope with cost-of-living, which is famously high in the Bay Area.
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