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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in Iowa?

By    |   Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 04:07 PM

The average salary of a police officer in Iowa is slightly less than the national average, but the Hawkeye State’s comparatively low real estate prices make it the nation’s fourth most affordable state for an officer to buy a home.

The average annual wage for police and sheriff’s patrol officers nationwide in May 2014 was $56,810, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual wage for such officers in Iowa was $53,490, the Bureau reported.

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The BLS reported that 10 percent of Iowa police and sheriff's patrol officers earned less than $35,200; 25 percent, less than $43,490; 50 percent, less than $53,580; 75 percent, less than $64,810; and 90 percent, less than $73,480.

Iowa ranks fourth among all states in terms of the percentage of the average home price that the average officer’s annual salary can cover, according to How to Become a Police Officer. The only states with higher rankings are Illinois at third, Michigan at second, and Ohio at first.

The 2012 average police salary in Iowa was $50,480 while the real estate website Zillow's median property list price in that state was $131,800, meaning the average annual salary encompassed 38 percent of the median home price. Ohio saw the nation’s highest such figure, at 43 percent, while officers in Hawaii had the lowest, at 11 percent.

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One motivation to become a police officer in Iowa is that the Hawkeye State is midway through a decade in which it is expected to see an increase in patrol officer employment of 4 percent, from 4,600 in 2010 to 4,790 in 2020, according to How To Become a Police Officer.

It's fairly common for police officers to move on to other positions after 20 years, according to PayScale.

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