There are many other benefits of the job, usually early retirement with a full pension, sick leave, lots of vacation, paid uniforms, cool gear, excitement and job security.
But one thing I would say before you close down your laptop and sign up, think about the stress this job will place on your family or the family you plan to have. You end up missing alot of "family functions," your on a totally different schedule from your "normal" friends and it's a dangerous job. That's why you see alot of cops marry fellow cops. That's a decision you must make, to me it's worth it.