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Campus Safety (CS) magazine, the healthcare and education industry's leading security publication, has released its annual salary survey findings. The results indicate the average annual income for campus police chiefs/security executives has not kept up with the rate of inflation, decreasing slightly every year from $74,244 in 2006 to $73,321 in 2008. Line officers, however, are faring better. Novice sworn officer average pay has increased by nearly 9 percent, from $30,487 in 2006 to $33,114 in 2008. Still, according to CS' Executive Editor Robin Hattersley Gray, "Campus sworn officer starting salaries have a long way to go before they reach parity with most traditional law enforcement agencies, such as the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, which pays $48,716 to rookies. The Los Angeles Police Department pays new officers $56,522 per year."
Other highlights of the study include:
* In the past two years, there has been only a 3.6 percent increase in novice nonsworn officer average pay (from $23,116 in 2006 to $23,944 in 2007.
* The median annual income for female campus police chiefs/security directors ($65,000) is $10,000 less than for men
* The median annual salary for campus deputy chiefs/assistant security directors is $65,000 ($68,269 average)
Part 1 of the study's results, which includes a comparison of officer incentives, can be found in the November/December issue of CS or at www.campussafetymagazine.com.
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"Campus sworn officer starting salaries have a long way to go before they reach parity with most traditional law enforcement agencies, such as the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, which pays $48,716 to rookies. The Los Angeles Police Department pays new officers $56,522 per year."
This is by no means a slam on Campus PO's but lets face it, Washington DC and LA are two of the busiest, bloodiest, and hardest places to police in the nation. Comparing these cities to most any campus is like comparing apples and oranges.
 

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I ain't complaining about what I make, but sure, more would be wonderful.

At least at other schools, dependants go for free. I wish I had even 1/2 price. :(
 

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Apples and Oranges are very true. I would never compare a large city with a small city for example whether it be a police officer or police commissioner because calls and resources will differ. There would be no discussion if all was the same.

However, there are similairities although on a different scale between administators as there are for the ground troops. A college/hosptial etc... police chief has his/her own selectmen and/or mayor to deal with ie...the Board of Trustees and/or President. As well as policies to create, enact and ensure they are enforced.

Both the chiefs/directors have to manage/lead their police departments. I think administration is the same in any one of these envirnments. Just as it can be in any other government run agency and even private businesses. I recently attended a leadership institute with municipal departments. We all learned the same thing. The differences were just that our departments were different in resources, location, calls, etc....

This is about money. Many times it comes down to money. I see and read about faculty as well as others like my own city manager who compare their salary to a person doing the same job elsewhere. Unluck sports heroes who's worth changes depending on who wants them, many of us have to go with what is being offered.

In time and with some clever negociating the salaries should catch up.
 

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I'm just thankful that my department issued generous raises before the economy took a turn for the worst.
I hope you can keep them. Way too many parent organizations (municipality, educational, hospital, state, what have you) are all crying poor mouth right now. Though they often are up against it and I do feel for those in high places that have to deal with this financial situation we all find ourselves in, those raises should stay in place.

If I'm taking a pay cut, are you? That's my question to them.
 
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