Hawaii police officers highest paid in state

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii's police officers are the highest-paid public employees in the state.

That's according to a West Hawaii Today analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday, which showed that a full-time officer in March 2011 earned an average of about $6,700.

In that same month, university professors made an average of about $6,500 and firefighters earned an average of about $6,400.

Hawaii's police officers will be earning even more. Officers are getting a 16.8% raise over four years after binding arbitration.

The data shows that Hawaii's lowest-paid public workers were support personnel at public schools who earned about $2,107 that month.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the state offers a competitive package of wages and benefits.

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