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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in Ohio?

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 05:48 PM

The average salary of a police officer in Ohio is higher than average for wages in Ohio as a whole, but big city crime rates in the Buckeye State are some of the highest in the country.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 5,200,000 people employed in Ohio. The average annual mean wage across all professions was $43,900 dollars in 2014.

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LawEnforcementEDU.net,which tracks salary and other professional information for law enforcement across the country, reports that police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and highway patrol in Ohio earn much higher than Ohio's mean wage.

In 2010, police officers and sheriff’s deputies on patrol earned an average of $56,370. Those in investigative positions earned a median income of $65,140. Supervisors earned a median income of $74,720.

The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area employed the highest number of police officers. The average salary of a police officer in that area of the state was close to $60,000 in 2010.

In other areas of the state, particularly smaller towns and non-metropolitan areas, that average salary hovered closer to the $40,000 mark.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol officers have a base pay of just under $45,000 a year. Patrol officers are offered a pay supplement to cover shift differentials of $2,448 and are given paid holiday overtime. That takes the total compensation package for a first-year highway patrol officer up to nearly $50,000.

After 10 years on the force, an officer could be earning closer to $66,500 a year.

LawEnforcementEDU.net explains that Akron, Dayton, Toledo, and Cleveland all have “one of the highest rates of violent crime in the country.”

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