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Cops In These Dutchess Departments Are Among State's Highest Paid

The Carmel Police Department pays its employees the most in upstate New York.
The Carmel Police Department pays its employees the most in upstate New York. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

Hudson Valley police departments pay their officers some of the top salaries in upstate New York, according to a newly released study.

Citing data from the New York State and Local Retirement System based on regular, overtime pay and unused vacation time, Empire Center’s 2018 “ What They Make ” report determined which departments are paying their cops the most.

Pension contributions, health insurance, and other benefits were not factored into the data. The study includes the average pay of officers, the number of employees and where the departments land in the region.

The study only contains data from departments in upstate New York, which was deemed any municipality north of Westchester and Rockland County.

The Hudson Valley police departments to land in the top 60 in compensation for its officers include:

Carmel - Putnam County (first overall):

  • Average pay: $129,243;
  • Number of employees: 31;
  • Region rank: 10th among Hudson Valley towns.

Tuxedo - Orange County (second):

  • Average pay: $123,175;
  • Number of employees: 8;
  • Region rank: 11th among Hudson Valley towns.

Monroe - Orange County (fourth):

  • Average pay: $111,598;
  • Number of employees: 18;
  • Region rank: 25th among Hudson Valley villages.

New Windsor - Orange County (sixth):

  • Average pay: $105,182;
  • Number of employees: 40;
  • Region rank: 17th among Hudson Valley towns.

East Fishkill - Dutchess County (seventh):

  • Average pay: $104,604;
  • Number of employees: 28;
  • Region rank: 19th among Hudson Valley towns.

Middletown - Orange County (eighth):

  • Average pay: $102,771;
  • Number of employees: 65;
  • Region rank: 6th among Hudson Valley cities.

Port Jervis - Orange County (ninth):

  • Average pay: $102,331;
  • Number of employees: 31;
  • Region rank: 7th among Hudson Valley cities.

Chester - Orange County (18th):

  • Average pay: $95,788;
  • Number of employees: 17;
  • Region rank: 20th among Hudson Valley towns.

Poughkeepsie - Dutchess County (19th):

  • Average pay: $95,318;
  • Number of employees: 96;
  • Region rank: 8th among Hudson Valley cities.

Kent - Putnam County (20th):

  • Average pay: $95,255;
  • Number of employees: 19;
  • Region rank: 21st among Hudson Valley towns.

Woodbury - Orange County (23rd):

  • Average pay: $94,271;
  • Number of employees: 23;
  • Region rank: 22nd among Hudson Valley towns.

Warwick - Orange County (33rd):

  • Average pay: $91,886;
  • Number of employees: 37;
  • Region rank: 23rd among Hudson Valley towns.

Poughkeepsie - Dutchess County (34th):

  • Average pay: $91,804;
  • Number of employees: 81;
  • Region rank: 24th among Hudson Valley towns.

Beacon - Dutchess County (40th):

  • Average pay: $89,303;
  • Number of employees: 35;
  • Region rank: 10th among Hudson Valley cities.

Blooming Grove - Orange County (48th):

  • Average pay: $87,677;
  • Number of employees: 12;
  • Region rank: 25th among Hudson Valley towns.

Goshen - Orange County (49th):

  • Average pay: $87,631;
  • Number of employees: 22;
  • Region rank: 27th among Hudson Valley villages.

Chester - Orange County (54th):

  • Average pay: $85,603;
  • Number of employees: 17;
  • Region rank: 28th among Hudson Valley villages.

Newburgh - Orange County (57th):

  • Average pay: $84,806
  • Number of employees: 84
  • Region rank: 11th among Hudson Valley cities.

The complete report can be found here .

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