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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in Maryland?

By    |   Friday, 24 Jul 2015 04:15 PM

A police officer's average salary in Maryland varies based on location, though the state sits near the national average for law enforcement.

July 2015 data from Indeed.com shows Maryland pays its police officers a mean yearly salary of $29,000, or about $1,000 (3 percent) more than the national average, which was $59,560 as of May 2014.

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The average salary nearly doubles to $54,067 for police officers serving in Baltimore, the state's largest city, according to Salary.com. That's still less than the $62,005 earned in nearby New Jersey's largest city, Newark.

Based on a 40-hour work week, Baltimore police officers make $26 an hour, or $1.31 less than the $27.31 national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Maryland's second-largest city, Columbia, the state capital of Annapolis, and Towson mirror the average pay in Baltimore. Rockville, Silver Spring, and Potomac earn an even higher rate at $58,109, according to Salary.com.

The highest salary for police officers in the U.S. is paid in New Jersey, at an average of $88,530 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Beyond regular pay, police officers across the country earn one and a half times their hourly rate for time worked above 40 hours per week because of the Fair Labor Standards Act, The Houston Chronicle noted. Officers are also eligible for paid sick time, paid holidays, medical help, and tuition assistance.

The number of positions for police officers and detectives is predicted to rise by 7 percent by 2020, the Chronicle said.

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