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Defending and serving the American public isn’t a simple job, and it may be a harmful one.
As President Barack Obama put it in 2016: “[W]e inform the police, ‘You’re a social employee; you’re the father or mother; you’re the trainer; you’re the drug counselor.’ We inform them to maintain these neighborhoods in examine in any respect prices and achieve this with out inflicting any political blowback or inconvenience; don’t make a mistake that may disturb our personal peace of thoughts.”
So how a lot do the police make for preserving the peace? Wages vary from $16 to $45 an hour relying on the state.
Right here’s the imply annual wage and hourly wage, from lowest to highest, in all 50 states, together with the variety of police jobs in every state.
The knowledge comes from the Could 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates report for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers.