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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in Missouri?

By    |   Saturday, 18 Jul 2015 11:54 PM

The salaries of police officers often depend on the state and town where they serve. Location is the largest factor to a police officer’s salary in states like Missouri.

The average salary for a police officer is $28,000 a year in Missouri, according to Indeed.com. This rate matches the national average.

Median pay for police officers varies widely throughout the state, with St. Louis police officer earning an average of about $51,000 a year and those in Springfield earning $47,000 a year, according to Salary.com.

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Neighborhoods boarding St. Louis’s northwest side provide some of the lowest salaries in the state. The lowest hourly pay rate for a police officer is in Hillsdale, which an hour of work pays only $11.18, according NBC News. That average hourly pay eventually adds up to an annual salary of $23,251.

“In areas without a tax base to speak of, where residents live in poverty already, communities are saddled with a police force that is underpaid and under resourced in other ways,” David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor who studies policing told NBC News. “It’s another form of a penalty for being poor.”

Located near to Hillsdale, Ferguson, Missouri’s, law enforcement is paid above the state and national average. On the hour, Ferguson police are paid $22.99, adding up to an annual salary of $47,812.

In addition to location, education also has a huge factor, according to Rhonda Campbell of Demand Media.

“New police officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department start out earning $46,583 with a high school diploma,” Campbell wrote. “Officers who had completed at least 60 credit hours of college and had at least a 2.0 grade point average started out earning $48,462 in Los Angeles. Those who had a bachelor's degree or more advanced degree earned $50,342.”

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