Law enforcement officers in Chicago typically earn a higher salary than both the national and Illinois state averages for various policing positions. Patrol officers, detectives and criminal investigators and first line supervisors of police and detectives in Chicago all earn more than the state and national averages for each occupation.
The average salary of a patrol officer in the United States was $55,620 annually, or $26.74 per hour as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Illinois, the average salary of a patrol officer was $66,680 per year, or $32.06 per hour. Chicago patrol officers earned an average annual salary of $73,810 per year, or $35.49 per hour.
Detectives and criminal investigators earned an average salary of $73,010 in the United States each year, or $35.10 per hour, according to the BLS as of May 2010. The average annual salary of a detective or criminal investigator in Illinois was $83,270 per year, or $40.03 per hour. Chicago detectives and criminal investigators earned an average annual salary of $90,120, or $43.32 per hour.
First line supervisors of police and detectives earned $80,770 per year on average, or $38.83 per hour, as of May 2010, according to the BLS. The state of Illinois had an average annual salary of $94,890 for first line supervisors, or $45.62 per hour. First line supervisors of police and detectives in Chicago brought in an average yearly salary of $98,960, or $47.58 per hour.
Cost of Living
Chicago is home to 2,826,430 people as of 2010, according to the website Sperling’s Best Places. The city is known to be very expensive to live, which in large part determines its higher salaries. Its cost of living is 11.1 percent higher than the national average. Compare this to Birmingham, Ala., where the cost of living is 20.7 percent lower than the national average. Of course, Chicago is still cheaper than Seattle, where the cost of living is 42.6 percent higher than the national average, as of June 2011.