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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in Pennsylvania?

By    |   Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 11:38 PM

New state police graduates in Pennsylvania will earn a starting salary of $57,251 per year, a sum higher than many of their peers in the United States.

On July 1, 2016, that salary is set to increase to $58,962, according to PATrooper.com.

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Nationally, according to Salary.com, uniformed patrol officers earn a median annual salary of $52,587 nationally.

There were 27,250 police and sheriff's patrol officers working in the state of Pennsylvania in 2013, earning an annual average salary of $61,200, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That translates to a mean hourly wage of $21.42.

First-line supervisors of police and detectives in Pennsylvania earned a mean annual salary of $82,990, the BLS said.

The median annual salaries of patrol officers vary throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, patrol officers earn a median annual salary of $55,470, according to Salary.com. By contrast, those working in Allentown earn $51,344 as a median annual salary, and those in Pittsburgh earn $50,680.

A beginning recruit at the Philadelphia Police Department will start his or her career with a salary of $47,920, according to the department's website. 

After graduation, the salary jumps to $51,245 and officers can increase their salary throughout their careers to $64,459,the website said. Other ways to increase pay include taking a Corporal or Detective test and being hired for that position, which comes with a 10 percent pay raise. Sergeants receive a 14 percent pay raise.

Increasingly, many police departments are hiring candidates who have college degrees. Most officers, typically, are required to attend and graduate from a police academy and many earn criminal justice degrees. Background checks, driving record checks, and credit reports are often mandatory. Other requirements include physical fitness as well as work flexibility as the job often requires long and round-the-clock hours.

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