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Police Benefits and Salary

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Starting salary for a police recruit is $41,068 (increased to $42,300 upon completion of the academy)

Rank Maximum Salary
Senior Officer $77,175
Detective $83,648
Sergeant $90,121
Lieutenant $95,871
Captain $104,954
Major $124,929


Lateral Salary


Years of Equivalent
Lateral Entry
2 years but less than 4 $44,415 First Class Officer
4 years but less than 6 $46,636 First Class Officer
6 years but less than 8 $48,968 Master Officer
8 years but less than 10 $51,416 Master Officer
10 years but less than 12 $53,987 Master Officer

Additional Compensation Opportunities

  • Voluntary Paid Supplemental Staffing
  • Extra Duty Opportunities
  • Secondary Employment Opportunities (Minimum rate of $35/hour)


  • Annual Education Incentive Program
    $660.00 for Associate’s Degree
    $1,320.00 for Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Eight (8) weeks paid parental leave
  • Twelve (12) paid holidays per calendar year
  • Educational Tuition Reimbursement Program for continuing education
  • 401K with 5% of salary contributed by City of Raleigh
  • Enrollment in NC Local Government Employee's Retirement System
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Vacation/Sick/Petty Leave
  • Additional Sick Leave after during 8th, 15th and 25th years of service 
  • Disability Income Plan
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employee Health & Wellness Center
  • Reimbursement Accounts

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