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“And then we tell the police, ‘You’re a social worker; you’re the parent; you’re the teacher; you’re the drug counselor.’ We tell them to keep those neighborhoods in check at all costs and do so without causing any political blowback or inconvenience; don’t make a mistake that might disturb our own peace of mind.”
— President Barack Obama, July 12, 2016
Protecting and serving the American public isn’t an easy job and, as recent events have starkly exposed, it can be a dangerous one. So how much do the police make for keeping the peace? Wages range from $16 to $45 an hour depending on the state.
Here’s the mean annual salary and hourly wage, from lowest to highest, in all 50 states, along with the number of available jobs in each state.