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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    come on maggie, be real. I don't know about your state, but in my state teachers and cops are waaaay underpaid compared to others with similar education and training.

    I quit teaching in 2004, for many reasons. one of them was the pay. I was teaching in the 2nd highest paid school district in the state, so I was making above the average for a teacher in Alabama. I have a masters degree and had 10 years experience and I was making $40K per year.

    I found a job with a govt contractor that paid $19K more per year.

    The sheriff's deputies in my county make in the upper 20s, lower 30s depending on experience. My son makes more than that repairing HVAC systems.

    An Alabama State Trooper makes around $35K
    Oscar, honest to God, I live in Illinois. And I'm being real for my state. I do understand that other states don't have the same salaries, but I also find it hard to believe that an Alabama State Trooper makes $35K a year. I wonder if you know that and can post that, or if you just think that. And absolutely no offense meant. We are intentionally kept in the dark about these salaries. And the very generous pension benefits. I swear ta' God, we are.

    I just found this information on Alabama State Troopers right off the state's website:

    Entry level paid $35,589/yearly with a high school education or GED.
    Entry level paid $36,489/yearly with an associate's degree.
    Entry level paid $38,000/yearly with a bachelor's.
    After a one-year probation, troopers can move up one or two steps on merit...so after one year, a trooper would be making $40,000.
    Appears the maximum, w/o overtime, is $59,500. But I wouldn't necessarily believe that 'cause I'm cynical. ;-)

    http://www.dps.state.al.us/Informati...erPayScale.pdf

    Oh, and this is 2008, BTW. Also to note, this pay scale is for a regular old trooper. Advancement with wage increases possible to Corporal, Sargeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major. Wonder what they make?

    This also includes a take-home car for personal use, 'daily subsistance pay' (which I don't understand), 13 days paid vacation starting up to 29 days depending on service, 13 sick days, paid health insurance, available overtime, and, according to them, "a generous retirement program" that kicks in at age 52 w/10 years' service or at any age with 25 years' service. http://www.dps.state.al.us/Informati...ainingBroc.pdf

    I'm not judging this...I'm just putting it out there.

    I wish I could find the link because you will not believe me, but the fire chief in my town retired from a neighboring town's fire department (population 44,500) and took a job in my town (population 13,800). His pension from his old job (25 years) is in excess of $100K/year. His salary in my town is over $100K a year. I won't be taking up a collection for him any time soon. The private sector has nothing that compares.

    As to teachers, I've been through this on the board before, and I realize that Illinois is reeeedickalus when it comes to teacher salaries and pensions. My fiance's ex is in Administration at an upscale public high school in suburban Chicago. In 2008, (it's public record...and I'm going by memory here) she made about $165,000. Another teacher I know teaches (for 3 years) in the Chicago Public School District. She is making $57,000. Combine those salaries with the most generous pension plans on planet earth, and, well, let's just say I wish I'da been a teacher. ;-) So I fully admit that I come to the table with jaded thoughts about teachers needing to make more money.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    I just noticed that my arresting officer is paid $123,000 yearly.
    How the **** did you figure that out?

    I thought this was way too much, but I'm sure many would disagree.
    Considering recent events here, I'd be happy paying cops 500k a year if the budget allowed.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    I just noticed that my arresting officer is paid $123,000 yearly. I thought this was way too much, but I'm sure many would disagree.
    He was able to pick up on the fact that you were under the influence pretty easily, it sounds like, so perhaps he has good skills.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    The average teacher earns about $40,000, in my view they should earn about 3 times as much as police.

    As for how much police should make... I don't know enough about their work ethic to comment. Somewhere around 70k sounds reasonable, increasing as you advance up for force.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by SirPwn4lot View Post
    The average teacher earns about $40,000, in my view they should earn about 3 times as much as police.
    Why? I have no problems with teachers earning on par with cops, but I work in the field, and cops do difficult work.

    I don't see you signing up to run down dark alleys after guys with guns, amirite?

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by SirPwn4lot View Post
    The average teacher earns about $40,000, in my view they should earn about 3 times as much as police.

    As for how much police should make... I don't know enough about their work ethic to comment. Somewhere around 70k sounds reasonable, increasing as you advance up for force.
    i really disagree. a teaching degree is fairly easy to get, and cops put their lives on the line. teachers work 9 months a year.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Why? I have no problems with teachers earning on par with cops, but I work in the field, and cops do difficult work.

    I don't see you signing up to run down dark alleys after guys with guns, amirite?
    I'd say that teaching in an American classroom today posses about as much of a threat as running down a dark alley after a guy with guns.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Why? I have no problems with teachers earning on par with cops, but I work in the field, and cops do difficult work.

    I don't see you signing up to run down dark alleys after guys with guns, amirite?
    Of course not, I'm not saying we should pay cops badly, but rather that we should pay teachers very, very well.

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady
    i really disagree. a teaching degree is fairly easy to get, and cops put their lives on the line. teachers work 9 months a year.
    I would support this in combination with a huge increase in standards. My x3 figure was somewhat exaggerated :P At least 100k.

    Our kids are the future. Money doesn't fix anything, but when combined with large increases in teaching standards I believe it would be highly beneficial to the nation at large.

    If you want to discuss the details, I'd be happy to, but here isn't the place.

    Very funny Hatuey :P I'd be laughing if I didn't somewhat agree

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'd say that teaching in an American classroom today posses about as much of a threat as running down a dark alley after a guy with guns.
    Where are you teaching, Hatuey? Camden, NJ?

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Where are you teaching, Hatuey? Camden, NJ?
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