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Who Makes How Much: Police and Emergency Services

Here's what Washingtonians make for the work they do

Police officer (15 years), DC, $61,298. 

Police detective (20 years), DC, $95,950.

Police officer (1 year), Fairfax County, $47,095.

Police sergeant (4 years), Fairfax County, $69,146.69.

Master police officer (10 years), Montgomery County, $79,971.

Police sergeant (15 years), Montgomery County, $100,945.

EMT/paramedic, DC (median), $53,949.

Firefighter/technician, DC (median), $63,684.

Captain, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (median), $98,872

EMT/firefighter (10 years), Arlington County, $64,500.

Paramedic (10 years), Arlington County, $68,161.

Lieutenant (10 years), Arlington County Fire Department, $76,336.

Captain 1 (10 years), Arlington County Fire Department, $84,947.

Firefighter or paramedic (3 years), Prince George’s County, $44,848.

Captain (8 years), Prince George’s County Fire Department, $56,875.

This feature first appeared in the November 2010 issue of The Washingtonian. 


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Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. She lives in DC.