Louisiana Law Enforcement Salaries

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, as published in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, the median Louisiana law enforcement salaries in 2010 were as follows:

  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $37,740
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $47,120
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $58,060
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Salaries for Detectives and Criminal Investigators across Louisiana

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alexandria LA
Estimate Not Released
46780
Baton Rouge LA
380
58120
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
70
46520
Lafayette LA
110
54170
Monroe LA
80
54890
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
570
73920
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
160
58890
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
150
40670
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
70
41390
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
220
37780

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Louisiana

The Baton Rouge Police Department has 698 sworn officers and is divided into 4 major bureaus and 50 divisions and offices. Police officers employed by the Baton Rouge Police Department receive a salary ranging between $31,390 and $43,450. In addition, they also receive the following monetary benefits:

  • Incentive Pay: $750 yearly for at least 80 hours of college credit toward a bachelor’s degree, $2,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree, and $2,500 per year for a master’s degree
  • Supplemental Pay (after 1 year of service): $6,000 per year

The New Orleans Police Department also has a lucrative benefit package for their officers:

  • Police Recruit: $35,297 (including uniform allowance)
  • Police Officer I: $43,070 (including monthly state pay and uniform allowance)
  • Annual incentive pay: Associate $1,000, Bachelor $2,000, Master/Doctorate $3,000
  • Monthly state supplemental pay (after 1 year of service): $500 ($6,000 per year)

Louisiana is unique in that is has parishes rather than counties. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office offers Corrections, Road and Communications deputies a starting salary of $35,189. POST Certified Deputies are eligible to receive state supplemental pay, which is an additional $6,000 per year.

Salaries for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers across Louisiana

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
1720
39280
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
540
39150
Lafayette LA
590
44120
Lake Charles LA
560
50490
Monroe LA
510
34840
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
3120
42250
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
1080
44340
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
320
Estimate Not Released
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
870
28780
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
510
27850
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
29750

State Trooper Salary in Louisiana

According to the Louisiana State Police, the state trooper salary in Louisiana starts at $35,604 while attending training at the academy. After 1 year of service, troopers receive an increase in their salary to $40,896. The salary package also offers an additional $1,000 per month for GI Bill for Active Duty Service members during training and $400 per month for GI Bill for National Guard/Reservists during training.

Salaries for Police Supervisors and Detectives across Louisiana

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
430
62740
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
Estimate Not Released
47810
Lafayette LA
110
66790
Lake Charles LA
120
54770
Monroe LA
110
45040
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
750
74350
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
180
64510
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
140
50510
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area
90
46520
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
90
47620

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