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Utah police officer salaries below the national average

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)-When police in Utah hit the streets to serve and protect – they’re doing so while earning less than the national average for officers.

A recent study done by Your Local Security – a home security company – looked at data from the Bureau of Labor and Bureau of Economic Analysis to come up with each state’s average police salary and adjusted it for the cost of living.

Utah officers make an average – adjusted for cost of living – of $53,864. The national average is about $10,000 more at $64,490. California cops make the most – $87,491 and Mississippi officers have the lowest average at $41,111, according to Your Local Security.  

No matter what they make, officers put their lives on the line to protect us and our communities.

Various sources say they are anywhere from 500,000 to 700,000 police officers across the country. Most city officers starting salaries in Utah are around $42,000 a year or $20.50 per hour, and most officers also get a fair amount of overtime pay.

According to various local police department websites, several agencies in Utah are hiring right now. To see a list of starting salaries for each state – you can check out this page:

And to see the full salary report go to: 

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