A closer look at real officer pay
Today, Bossier C.O.P.S. wants to shine a light on Bossier City Police pay by taking a look at what matters most of officers and their family: their pay stub.
Several officers have come forward and shared their pay stubs with us and the consensus can be summed up in one word: Wow.
Bossier City doesn’t publicly share their pay chart for police, but they do share their starting police salary as $2733 per month.
$2733 per month equates to $32,796 per year, or $15.76 per hour. This is the starting pay for every officer.
Note: The State of Louisiana pays every police officer, sheriff deputy, and firefighter receive a supplemental pay of $500 a month. This money does not come from the respective jurisdiction, and is not used for comparison purposes here.
More than just income
But there is more on a pay stub than just income. Taxes, retirement, health insurance, and union dues are just some of the deductions that affect an officer’s bottom line. We will explore several officer’s pay stub, and let you draw your own conclusions about what is fair and equitable for Bossier City’s finest.
Example one is from an officer with less than three years experience on the force.
Gross Income: $1261.60 (hourly: $15.77)
Health Insurance: $226.99
Professional Dues: $15.00
Net Income: $805.72 every two weeks (hourly $10.07)
Example two is from an officer with over four years time on the job. This officer is married, but only elects to receive health insurance coverage for himself.
Gross Income: $1291.85 (hourly: $16.15)
Health Insurance: $37.69
Professional Dues: $15.00
Net Income: $922.92 every two weeks (hourly $11.53)
Example 3 is from an officer with over ten years service. This officer uses the city family health and life insurance plans:
Gross Income: $1,602.92 (hourly: $20.04)
Health/Life Insurance: $291.18
Professional Dues: 15.00
Net Income: $928.87 every two weeks (hourly $11.61)
Example four is from an officer with about three years experience on the force.
Gross Income: $1,291.85 (hourly: $15.77)
Health Insurance: $239.68
Professional Dues: $11.00
Net Income: $806.45 every two weeks (hourly $10.08)
Break it down
Now that you have seen what these officers are making, let’s look at some additional demographic information for Bossier City:
Median Family Income: $42,642
Median Income (Men): $30,632
Median Income (Women): $22,174
Average Bossier Rent: $800
Is it enough?
As we continue to delve into the complex issues surrounding police pay in Bossier City, please take this information and contact your elected and appointed city officials. Ask them if they are doing what they can to support Bossier City’s finest.