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    Highest paying metros for police officers

    The last few years have been an especially trying period for police officers, as highly publicized killings of unarmed minorities, as well as attacks on officers, have heightened tensions across the country for this inherently difficult occupation.

    Despite these challenges, Gallup polling shows a solid resurgence in public trust in police officers in the last two years, rebounding from a record-tying low of 52% in 2015 to 57% in 2017, in line with the 25-year average. When compared to 14 major institutions monitored by Gallup, police officers places as the third most trusted occupation, behind the military and small business.

    But such trust is, like many things, becoming an increasingly bipartisan issue. While the national trust average increased over the last two years, population segments including liberals, moderates, blacks, Hispanics, and people aged 18-34 all registered notable drop-offs towards trusting police.

    Amid this shifting public perception, patrol officers maintain a resolute presence across every community in America, with over 660,000 employed nationwide. While the median annual wage for this occupation reached $61,050 in May 2017, this figure can vary significantly by location. At Stacker, we set out to discover the highest paying areas for police and sheriff's patrol officers by analyzing recent occupational data from the Burea of Labor Statistics, focusing on metropolitan statistical areas and their subdivisions when applicable.

    Read on to discover the 50 highest paying areas in America for police officers.

     

     

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    #50. El Centro, CA

    Median annual wage: $74,670
    75th-percentile annual wage: $112,990
    90th-percentile annual wage: $116,700
    Total employed: 210

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    #49. Wenatchee, WA

    Median annual wage: $74,700
    75th-percentile annual wage: $83,460
    90th-percentile annual wage: $91,630
    Total employed: 160

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    #48. Fairbanks, AK

    Median annual wage: $74,730
    75th-percentile annual wage: $89,830
    90th-percentile annual wage: $103,330
    Total employed: 90

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    #47. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

    Median annual wage: $74,840
    75th-percentile annual wage: $81,160
    90th-percentile annual wage: $86,410
    Total employed: 2,510

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    #46. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

    Median annual wage: $74,970
    75th-percentile annual wage: $91,180
    90th-percentile annual wage: $109,560
    Total employed: 37,820

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    #45. Merced, CA

    Median annual wage: $75,410
    75th-percentile annual wage: $100,990
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,470
    Total employed: 370

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    #44. Erie, PA

    Median annual wage: $75,430
    75th-percentile annual wage: $89,300
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,750
    Total employed: 580

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    #43. State College, PA

    Median annual wage: $75,430
    75th-percentile annual wage: $84,570
    90th-percentile annual wage: $93,860
    Total employed: 180

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    #42. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

    Median annual wage: $75,440
    75th-percentile annual wage: $85,300
    90th-percentile annual wage: $98,910
    Total employed: 200

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    #41. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

    Median annual wage: $76,270
    75th-percentile annual wage: $88,030
    90th-percentile annual wage: $99,330
    Total employed: 4,290

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    #40. Stockton-Lodi, CA

    Median annual wage: $77,270
    75th-percentile annual wage: $113,510
    90th-percentile annual wage: $125,420
    Total employed: 1,070

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    #39. Fort Collins, CO

    Median annual wage: $77,350
    75th-percentile annual wage: $88,880
    90th-percentile annual wage: $99,020
    Total employed: 500

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    #38. Gettysburg, PA

    Median annual wage: $77,570
    75th-percentile annual wage: $82,410
    90th-percentile annual wage: $88,190
    Total employed: 220

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    #37. Boulder, CO

    Median annual wage: $77,590
    75th-percentile annual wage: $87,150
    90th-percentile annual wage: $98,850
    Total employed: 640

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    #36. Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY

    Median annual wage: $78,370
    75th-percentile annual wage: $91,380
    90th-percentile annual wage: $99,920
    Total employed: 640

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    #35. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

    Median annual wage: $78,750
    75th-percentile annual wage: $91,670
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,320
    Total employed: 4,350

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    #34. Olympia-Tumwater, WA

    Median annual wage: $78,980
    75th-percentile annual wage: $88,840
    90th-percentile annual wage: $99,990
    Total employed: 330

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    #33. Kennewick-Richland, WA

    Median annual wage: $80,260
    75th-percentile annual wage: $93,200
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,390
    Total employed: 490

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    #32. Bellingham, WA

    Median annual wage: $80,910
    75th-percentile annual wage: $93,200
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,540
    Total employed: 260

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    #31. Chico, CA

    Median annual wage: $82,000
    75th-percentile annual wage: $106,850
    90th-percentile annual wage: $120,440
    Total employed: 430

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    #30. Modesto, CA

    Median annual wage: $82,010
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,940
    90th-percentile annual wage: $117,110
    Total employed: 700

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    #29. Elgin, IL

    Median annual wage: $82,050
    75th-percentile annual wage: $95,070
    90th-percentile annual wage: $102,190
    Total employed: 1,210

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    #28. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

    Median annual wage: $82,800
    75th-percentile annual wage: $95,930
    90th-percentile annual wage: $103,700
    Total employed: 3,110

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    #27. Salinas, CA

    Median annual wage: $82,940
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,480
    90th-percentile annual wage: $115,990
    Total employed: 560

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    #26. Tacoma-Lakewood, WA

    Median annual wage: $84,330
    75th-percentile annual wage: $94,580
    90th-percentile annual wage: $101,540
    Total employed: 970

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    #25. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

    Median annual wage: $84,600
    75th-percentile annual wage: $94,480
    90th-percentile annual wage: $100,420
    Total employed: 21,290

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    #24. Newark, NJ-PA

    Median annual wage: $85,000
    75th-percentile annual wage: $105,020
    90th-percentile annual wage: $124,890
    Total employed: 4,640

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    #23. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

    Median annual wage: $85,450
    75th-percentile annual wage: $102,040
    90th-percentile annual wage: $116,220
    Total employed: 4,860

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    #22. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

    Median annual wage: $86,610
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,000
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,500
    Total employed: 860

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    #21. Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA

    Median annual wage: $87,670
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,860
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,180
    Total employed: 2,820

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    #20. Anchorage, AK

    Median annual wage: $88,210
    75th-percentile annual wage: $97,710
    90th-percentile annual wage: $104,640
    Total employed: 550

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    #19. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

    Median annual wage: $88,400
    75th-percentile annual wage: $98,790
    90th-percentile annual wage: $106,880
    Total employed: 3,910

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    #18. Yuba City, CA

    Median annual wage: $92,260
    75th-percentile annual wage: $113,260
    90th-percentile annual wage: $126,500
    Total employed: 300

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    #17. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

    Median annual wage: $92,620
    75th-percentile annual wage: $115,470
    90th-percentile annual wage: $121,650
    Total employed: 440

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    #16. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

    Median annual wage: $94,500
    75th-percentile annual wage: $110,510
    90th-percentile annual wage: $124,210
    Total employed: 5,850

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    #15. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

    Median annual wage: $95,990
    75th-percentile annual wage: $113,000
    90th-percentile annual wage: $121,250
    Total employed: 4,270

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    #14. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

    Median annual wage: $98,370
    75th-percentile annual wage: $108,570
    90th-percentile annual wage: $121,140
    Total employed: 640

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    #13. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

    Median annual wage: $103,640
    75th-percentile annual wage: $122,030
    90th-percentile annual wage: $135,420
    Total employed: 26,050

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    #12. San Rafael, CA

    Median annual wage: $104,070
    75th-percentile annual wage: $118,840
    90th-percentile annual wage: $133,430
    Total employed: 360

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    #11. Redding, CA

    Median annual wage: $104,340
    75th-percentile annual wage: $116,990
    90th-percentile annual wage: $128,790
    Total employed: 300

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    #10. Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

    Median annual wage: $105,120
    75th-percentile annual wage: $121,680
    90th-percentile annual wage: $135,600
    Total employed: 4,360

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    #9. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

    Median annual wage: $105,990
    75th-percentile annual wage: $121,720
    90th-percentile annual wage: $135,170
    Total employed: 4,770

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    #8. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

    Median annual wage: $110,090
    75th-percentile annual wage: $124,480
    90th-percentile annual wage: $136,470
    Total employed: 430

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    #7. Santa Rosa, CA

    Median annual wage: $112,990
    75th-percentile annual wage: $124,410
    90th-percentile annual wage: $134,110
    Total employed: 630

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    #6. Napa, CA

    Median annual wage: $113,000
    75th-percentile annual wage: $124,040
    90th-percentile annual wage: $133,730
    Total employed: 240

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    #5. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

    Median annual wage: $113,640
    75th-percentile annual wage: $127,700
    90th-percentile annual wage: $142,820
    Total employed: 1,340

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    #4. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

    Median annual wage: $114,050
    75th-percentile annual wage: $130,910
    90th-percentile annual wage: $151,500
    Total employed: 4,610

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    #3. Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

    Median annual wage: $114,330
    75th-percentile annual wage: $127,070
    90th-percentile annual wage: $134,780
    Total employed: 5,200

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    #2. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

    Median annual wage: $115,460
    75th-percentile annual wage: $122,340
    90th-percentile annual wage: $135,290
    Total employed: 680

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    #1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

    Median annual wage: $124,610
    75th-percentile annual wage: $139,170
    90th-percentile annual wage: $162,640
    Total employed: 3,810

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