Police officers often do not get enough credit — or salary — for what they do. In recent years, the number of police officers employed has declined by 3%. Still, more than 1 million Americans work in law enforcement, and some states compensate the police more handsomely than others.
The rankings were determined by analyzing employment, job opening trends and wage information for police and sheriff’s patrol officers, corrections officers, and detectives and investigators.
Here are key findings in Tennessee:
· No. 20 in projected average police employment change (2016-2026), +7.5%
· No. 22 in average police employment per 1,000 jobs, 4.535.
· No. 40 in average annual police wage, $50,670.
Here are key national findings:
- The 10 best states for police jobs are Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, Georgia, Rhode Island, West Virginia and North Dakota.
- The 10 worst states for police jobs are New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Kansas, Ohio, Wyoming, Maine, Alaska, Iowa and Vermont.
- New Mexico has the highest concentration of corrections officer jobs (5.182 per 1,000 jobs), and Nevada has the highest short-term increase projected in police officer job openings (+4.3% through this year).