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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in Massachusetts?

By    |   Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:29 PM

The average salaries of police officers in Massachusetts vary depending on a wide range of factors.

Police officers’ pay is dependent on many influences from population to the market’s competitiveness, according to Salary.com.

The median salaries of Massachusetts law enforcement differ by level, LawEnforcementEDU.net reported, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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Police and sheriff’s patrol officers receive $56,040. Detectives and criminal investigators earn $65,920 while police supervisors get $82,320.

State troopers have five salary steps ranging from $51,935.28 to $65,061.60.

The average salary for a Massachusetts police officer is $34,000 per year, Indeed, a job search website, reported.

According to the BLS, the median salary nationally is $56,810.

Nevertheless, many officers are paid far more than these amounts.

In 2010 cadets and popular units were cut from the budget, yet payrolls obtained by The Boston Globe showed that in some cases police officers receive almost a quarter of a million dollars due to bonuses for staying late, filling in absences, and performing other duties.

Massachusetts Live also reported in 2011
, that many state prison correction officers and police officers earned more than $100,000 annually, sometimes even more than $200,000. Working overtime is a large contributor to the large paychecks, at times even more than doubling the officers’ base salaries.

Overtime hours for officers come from emergency response missions in critical incidents, investigations, doing paperwork, attending community meetings, and testifying in court.

For comparison, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s salary is $151,800, although a Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation recommended the amount be raised to $185,000 late last year, NECN reported.

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