Massachusetts Law Enforcement Salaries

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

  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $82,320
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $56,040
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $65,920
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Salaries for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Massachusetts

Area Name
Employment
Annual Mean Wage
Barnstable Town MA
60
65360
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
1480
76630
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
1130
79870
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
110
63920
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
50
66000
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
390
74510
Springfield MA-CT
140
70460
Worcester MA-CT
100
72460

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Massachusetts

The average police officer salary in Massachusetts varies from city to city. Here is a look at some of the police departments in Massachusetts and the salaries they offer:

Boston Police Department

  • Base salary: $46,000

Cambridge Police Department

  • Starting salary: $39,915

Springfield Police Department

  • Police Officer Recruit: $41,912
  • Police Officer (after Academy): $47,112

The Springfield Police Department also pays according to the Quinn Bill, which gives additional financial incentive for educational accomplishments:

  • Associate’s degree: 10% of base salary annually
  • Bachelor’s degree: 20% of base salary annually
  • Master’s or Law degree: 25% of base salary annually

Salaries for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Massachusetts

Area Name
Employment
Mean Salary
Barnstable Town MA
530
55490
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
Estimate Not Released
56470
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
7320
56910
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
640
57750
Framingham MA NECTA Division
550
56210
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
560
50000
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
210
50630
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
560
59440
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
560
55400
Peabody MA NECTA Division
550
59420
Pittsfield MA
70
48910
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
2320
51870
Springfield MA-CT
1820
51770
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
290
47990
Worcester MA-CT
1760
58370
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
150
55550
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
100
40070
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
200
47310
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
210
47910

State Trooper Salary in Massachusetts

The starting state trooper salary in Massachusetts for recruits is $840.80 bi-weekly during training at the academy. After training has been completed and the promotion to trooper has been given, the salary increases according to this pay schedule:

  • Step 1:  $51,935.28
  • Step 2:  $60,337.20
  • Step 3:  $61,911.12
  • Step 4:  $63,486.24
  • Step 5:  $65,061.60

Of course, advancement opportunities exist for promotion to sergeant, lieutenant, and captain.

Salaries for Police Supervisors and Detectives in Massachusetts

Area name
Employment
Annual Mean Wage
Barnstable Town MA
100
85270
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
Estimate Not Released
83960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
1940
85070
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
140
82900
Framingham MA NECTA Division
270
85080
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
110
74170
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
50
93020
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
70
82540
Peabody MA NECTA Division
160
78130
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
600
73540
Springfield MA-CT
300
75450
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
30
74420
Worcester MA-CT
210
85750
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
30
75140

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