Salary of a Michigan Police Officer


Police officers in Michigan may serve in a number of agencies. The majority of Michigan law enforcement officers are members of city or local police departments, but others serve as state troopers, county sheriff’s deputies and campus police officers. Salaries for police officers are affected by location, the size of the municipality in which an officer works, experience level and rank.


The Detroit Police department, established in 1865, is the largest police force in Michigan, with more than 3,000 officers in 2008. As of 2011, the starting salary for a Detroit Police Academy cadet is $32,613, which increases by $1,000 upon graduation. Annual raises of approximately $3,000 to $4,000 bring a five-year veteran officer’s salary to $53,237. There also is shift-differential pay, an annual payment of $250 for uniform cleaning, and a college tuition-reimbursement program. Eight paid holidays and 20 paid vacation days are included in the compensation package, which includes health, medical, dental and vision benefits, and a pension plan. reports a median salary for Detroit police officers of $51,510, with a middle 50 percentile range of $42,905 to $60,769 and a top 10th percentile median salary of $69,199. CBSalary places the average Detroit police officer salary at $51,468, compared with a national average of $58,974.

Grand Rapids reports a median salary of $49,620 for police patrol officers in Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in Michigan. Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan, pays an average salary of $61,131 to police officers, and Galesburg, with a population of about 2,000 situated in southwestern Michigan, pays an average police officer salary of $52,254.

State Troopers

Michigan State Police recruits receive $750 a week while in training. The starting salary upon graduation from the academy is $41,000, with a maximum pay rate of $62,000 annually after 20 years. Annual lump-sum longevity payments begin after a trooper’s sixth year of service. Troopers also receive payment for up to 13 vacation days the first year, 13 sick days and 12 holidays, in addition to health and life insurance benefits, and a pension plan.

County Sheriff’s Deputies

Deputy salaries vary among Michigan counties. Washtenaw County in southeastern Michigan near Detroit pays a salary range of $38,893.87 to $55,037.45, with the highest entry-level salary being $45,276.08 for applicants with two years of continuous, full-time law enforcement experience, or a bachelor's degree or more advanced degree, or four years of active-duty military experience. Kalamazoo County deputy sheriff salaries range from $44,553.60 to $63,294.40 a year. A deputy who works as a corrections officer receives an annual salary of $42,619.20 to $57,865.60. Airport security deputies make $30,680 to $36,504 a year.

Job Postings

A review of online job listings for Michigan police officers revealed an opening in the Oscoda Township Police Department. Oscoda is on Lake Erie in Michigan’s eastern Lower Peninsula. The position paid a 2010 starting salary of $34,873, increasing to $40,496 after 18 months. The city of East Lansing, home to Michigan State University, was seeking a police officer for full-time, 12-hour rotating shifts. Candidates must have an associate degree in criminal justice or a related field. The job paid $42,515.20 a year.

The University of Mercy, located in Detroit, was looking for a campus police officer with one year experience as a patrol officer. The position paid $16.21 an hour. Wayne County had an opening for a deputy jailer. The wage was $10.50 an hour during training with a starting salary of $28,284. Wayne County is in southeastern Michigan, with Detroit as its largest city.

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