The Seattle Police Department is trying to steal cops from a shrinking New York Police Deprtment, paying for a huge billboard along the city’s West Side Highway and papering bus shelters with recruiting ads, reports the New York Daily News. The pitch is simple: Seattle pays its new hires nearly twice as much as does New York. If that’s not enough, they’ll throw in another $5,000 to cover moving expenses. New Yorkers don’t have to leave to take the Seattle police exam. The written test is being offered April 19 at New York University. Of the 200 people who have signed up, about 20 are New York cops.
Seattle pays its police recruits $47,334 a year and the annual salary rises to a maximum base pay of $67,045 in just six years. New York recruits get $25,100 annual salary while they are in the academy. Their pay goes to $32,800 after graduation and tops out at $59,588 after seven years. Because it costs 20 percent more to live in New York City than Seattle, New York officers would have to earn about $80,000 to maintain the same standard of living as in Seattle.