Ridgewood Village , Bergen County , Median Years of Service 13 Median Salary Amount $145,874
By Carla Astudillo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on May 09, 2017 at 8:13 AM, updated May 09, 2017 at 10:37 AM
New Jersey cops now earn a median salary of more than six figures, state treasury data shows.
An NJ Advance Media analysis of public employee salary data found that the median salary for more than 19,000 municipal police officers was $105,106 as of the end of 2016.
That’s an increase of about $14,400, or 16 percent, from what it was seven years ago when The Star-Ledger did the same analysis.
The analysis also showed that 60 percent of municipal police officers made at least $100,000 in 2016 – up from 30 percent in 2009.
The data also shows that the towns with the highest median salaries were wealthier suburban towns with very little crime and higher costs of living, and were mostly in Bergen County.
For example, officers in Saddle River were paid a median salary of $155,508 – the highest in the state. Saddle River is a town of just over 3,000 residents with a median household income of about $121,026, one that only had two violent crimes in 2015.
In some of the municipalities with the highest median police salaries, the disparity between police and civilian income was stark.