Number of jobs: 7,620
Average annual wage: $36,290
Average hourly wage: $17.45
Mississippi has the lowest pay for police in the nation, at $17.45 an hour, on average.
However, it also is the most affordable state in the nation in which to live, according to a first-quarter 2020 cost-of-living ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.