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Special Report: Georgia Public Safety Salaries Continue Rapid Rise

By Erin Washington

Local governments continue to experience entry level wage pressure for public safety positions. In 2017, HiringWage™ reported Police Officer positions salaries starting as low as $31,262 and as high as $43,200. Over the last twelve months, noticeable increases continue to occur as minimum salaries now routinely approach the high 40s in metropolitan Atlanta. Our 2018 analysis compares Police Officer salaries across Georgia and takes an indepth look at the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area (MSA) with a specific focus on DeKalb County.

In cities across the State there are job openings for both non-certified and certified police officers with approximately 17 open positions published on the Georgia Local Government Access Marketplace on July 15, 2018. To become a certified officer, one must successfully complete the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) course, which demonstrates that the officer is professionally trained, ethical, and competent. In the 2017 survey, we looked at 31 cities and counties in Georgia to compare the compensation for certified and non-certified officers. Of these municipalities, 24 were also used in this analysis for 2018. In this survey, we reviewed wage ranges offered for specific jobs advertised by 52 Georgia cities and counties and recorded the maximum and minimum salaries for both certified and non-certified police officers.  Table 1 lists the agencies surveyed.

Table 1: Agencies Surveyed 2018

City of Acworth
City of Albany
City of Alpharetta
City of Athens-Clarke County
City of Atlanta
City of Brookhaven
City of Clarkston
City of College Park
City of Conyers
City of Covington
City of Dalton
City of Decatur
City of Doraville
City of Duluth
City of Dunwoody
City of East Point
City of Fairburn
City of Fayetteville
City of Forest Park
City of Gainesville
City of Hapeville
City of Jonesboro
City of LaGrange
City of Lilburn
City of Macon
City of Marietta
City of McDonough
City of Milton
City of Morrow
City of Newnan
City of Norcross
City of Peachtree City
City of Powder Springs
City of Riverdale
City of Rome
City of Roswell
City of Sandy Springs
City of Savannah
City of Smyrna
City of South Fulton
City of Stone Mountain
City of Suwanee
City of Tybee Island
City of Tyrone
City of Valdosta
City of Warner Robins
City of Winder
City of Woodstock
Cobb County
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Gwinnett County

Police Salaries in the State of Georgia

Our survey group included  48 cities and 4 counties. In these selected cities and counties, salaries range from a minimum of $32,947 to a maximum of about $72,739. Cities that are furthest from metro Atlanta and have lower populations are more likely to offer lower starting salaries and abbreviated maximum spreads; such as in Albany, GA where the starting salary is $34,500 and the maximum is $50,972. Police salaries are generally on an upward trend and have increased across the state overall compared to our 2017 report.

Tables Available:

Table: State of Georgia Police Officer Wage Statistics 2018

Table: Metropolitan Statistical Area: Atlanta-Athens Clarke County-Sandy Springs Police Officer Wage Statistics 2018

Table: Average Police Officer Wages 2018 in Gwinnett, Fulton and DeKalb Counties

Table: DeKalb County Cities Police Officer Wage Statistics 2018

For more information and copy of entire report contact Mark Knowles.



William Knowles