These Are The 10 Best States In America For Police Officers

These places treat the police with the utmost respect.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 1 year ago

Police officers have one of the most prominent jobs in America. They serve and protect all of us and do a job not many of us would sign up to do.

We at Zippia wanted to look at where people officers have it the best. Where crimes don’t occur all that frequently and the state compensates (all) of its officers well.

To that end, we dove into the numbers to figure out which states have the best opportunities for police officers. After all the dust settled, we are left with this list of the best of best for America’s finest:

  1. Illinois
  2. New Jersey
  3. Texas
  4. New York
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Nevada
  7. Maryland
  8. Arizona
  9. Florida
  10. Ohio

Read on to see how we got here.

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How we determined the best states to be a police officer

There are certain things that people at all jobs normally look for, not the least of which is a decent salary.

However, police officers deal with an entirely different set of issues than a normal job. Namely, having to face some level of danger on a day to day basis.

With that in mind, we wanted to account not only for pay, but for the level of crime in each region of the country.

Unfortunately, we quickly learned that the FBI data set is sorely lacking in some states due to underreporting from local police departments, so we had to find a different data set to look at.

After searching several other data providers, we ended up landing on a simple statistic — people per police officer. We believe it’s a decent proxy for the amount of stress any one officer would be under as the number of people correlates highly to the amount of crime.

That left us with the following criteria, each equally weighted:

  • People per police officer
  • Average income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Entry level income adjusted for the cost of living

We used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census for our data.

We adjusted both income metrics by a cost of living factor to more accurately compare pay across states.

Here’s a more detailed looked at the top ten states.

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1. Illinois

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 411
Average Adjusted Income: $71,354
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $40,552

2. New Jersey

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 396
Average Adjusted Income: $69,709
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $39,709

3. Texas

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 456
Average Adjusted Income: $59,933
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $39,511

4. New York

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 387
Average Adjusted Income: $59,270
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $33,844

5. Pennsylvania

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 461
Average Adjusted Income: $63,093
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $34,351

6. Nevada

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 625
Average Adjusted Income: $66,775
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $48,461

7. Maryland

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 414
Average Adjusted Income: $51,621
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $35,543

8. Arizona

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 529
Average Adjusted Income: $57,745
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $41,049

9. Florida

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 492
Average Adjusted Income: $58,232
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $36,808

10. Ohio

Best States For Police Officers
People Per Officer: 496
Average Adjusted Income: $62,216
Entry Level Adjusted Income: $34,489

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