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Cops in N.J. now earn over $100K. See how much they make in your town

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Ridgewood Village , Bergen County , Median Years of Service 13  Median Salary Amount $145,874
By Carla Astudillo | NJ Advance Media for
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.

17 thoughts on “Cops in N.J. now earn over $100K. See how much they make in your town

  1. 70% more cops in NJ than national avg according to FBI data, earning 50% more….. it’s outright theft of taxpayers

  2. 1. Saddle River $155,508
    2. Englewood Cliffs $155,340
    3. Wood-Ridge $154,574
    4. Ridgewood $145,874

  3. talk about be over paid. what a scam. what is the pay in bad area’s of the state, hummmmm.

  4. I want to see the survey of Wall Street average salaries, realizing they get their asses kicked by index funds.

  5. I think it is time for the police to take a pay freeze for a few years. I love u all, but it’s time.

  6. we love the police , but it’s time for the pd to take a pay freeze for a few years. you all will be ok.

  7. They did for the lat 2 years.

  8. It is time to regionalize services. Every town does not need duplicate administrators.

    A regional dept could probably hold down overtime. We do not need laters of administration. There is no benefit to having a Ridgewood PD, Glen Rock PD, Midland Park PD and Wyckoff PD.

  9. Most are not worth there pay.

  10. Recall my last car wash in GLEN ROCK.A Local Glen Rock officer was there washing his new 100.000 police SUV.SAID his Sargent was upset that their police vehicles were not being kept clean enough.he was running it through the ridgewood car wash on the towns account

  11. 7:53 a.m. I have been saying that for years. That goes for other duplicate administrators too. But in this corrupt state, when will it happen?

    Which candidate running for governor is likely to recommend or demand consolidation. Important to find out.

    Rutgers Univ. town planning division recommends consolidation. Many states have consolidated merged administrators. Important for property tax reduction. In fact the only way.

  12. all the top managers will never go after the police. why u ask, well because they are all dirty bull shit story tellers. end of the story.

  13. haha you people with your sad comments on police. Police serve the public. Their lives are on the line. They have the hardest job when it comes to mental ability and problem solving, not to mention its one of the hardest jobs. Don’t say you love the police and then say they are overpaid. THE police should be making multi millions of dollars, not football or basketball players. Whats wrong with all of you people.

  14. Serve the public? ROFL Protect (their pensions) and serve (their unions)
    All they do is spot construction workers all day or harass parents in front of school

  15. Most cops in Ocean county just sit in the car all day or drive around aimlessly.
    In so many town here with very little major crime, they keep on hiring more and more cops.
    For what ..speed traps, pullovers for a tail light out, tickets up the wazoo.
    All I see is cop cars everywhere, gee I wonder who votes for all the extra cars and cops we do not need.
    Not to mention retirement, they get full benefits with health care, for him or her and the
    significant other if married. With pension they take home more than if they had worked.
    I for one very sick over it.

  16. Most NJ towns do not get healthcare at retirement. In the towns they do, it’s just for the officer and not their spouse. Get your facts straight before you bash the police. The ones that are protecting the town during the night as you sleep in your cozy bed.

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