Of the roughly 780 total employees of the Minneapolis Police Department, 70% made six figures in 2022— surpassing the year before, when 466 employees made at least $100,000. The DOJ just recently cited the department's history of racism and brutality, reported the Minnesota Reformer.
Thirty-nine MPD employees — mostly cops and a few forensic scientists — made more than $200,000, with one sergeant making nearly $400,000. Nearly 500 made between $100,000 and $200,000 last year, according to an analysis of salary data from a public records request.
Minneapolis Police Sgt. Stephen McBride was the department’s top earner in 2022, earning over $390,000 — more than three times his base salary. He and two other sergeants and an officer logged so much overtime that they surpassed MPD Chief Brian O’Hara’s annual salary of $271,721.
Minneapolis teachers, by comparison, make about $78,000 annually.
The eye-popping police salaries are mostly due to spiking overtime. After overtime costs hit $12.9 million in 2022, the department has already racked up $9.1 million in overtime costs as of June 3 — not even halfway through this year.
Last fall, the department began paying double time — rather than the traditional time-and-a-half — for “critical staffing overtime.” An MPD spokesman said that has been a factor in increasing overtime since it’s often used to cover gaps in staffing.
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