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Benefits for San Diego Police Officers

  • Four-Day Work Week
  • 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • 13 Days Paid Annual Leave per Year to start (up to 21 days per year depending on length of service)
  • Shift differential pay - 3.8% for 2nd watch; 5.3% for 3rd watch
  • Educational incentive pay - 6% for Intermediate POST; 8.5% for Advanced POST
  • Yearly uniform allowance - $1,100
  • Flexible Benefits Plan (Includes Health, Dental, Vision)
  • Excellent Retirement Program - 3% at 55
  • 401K/Deferred Compensation Plans available
  • Tuition Reimbursement - $2000 per year
  • 30 Days Paid Military Leave per Year
  • Paid Overtime
  • Special Assignment pay -  3.5% for Bilingual; 3.5% for Community Relations Officer; 5% for Detective; 5% for F.T.O Pay; 3.5% for SWAT Team
  • Police Recruit $28.34/ hour - $59,000/ year
  • Police Officer I $31.77/ hour $66,000/ year
  • Police Officer II $40.48/ hour $84,000/ year to $44.55/ hour $93,000/ year

For the latest salary information, visit the PDF icon City of San Diego Personnel Department Salary Table

  • Chief of Police
  • Assistant Police Chief
  • Police Captain
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Police Sergeant
  • Community Relations Assistant to the Chief of Police
  • Detective
  • Police Officer III
  • Police Officer II
  • Police Officer I
  • Police Recruit (entry level)


Police Recruit  – Entry level, no law enforcement experience required

Police Officer I – CA POST Certified academy graduate OR less than two years of patrol experience

Police Officer II – Two or more years of patrol experience

Benefits for Police Dispatchers

Starting salary for Police 9-1-1 Dispatchers is $20.18 an hour, plus incentive pay.

Police Dispatchers starting pay is $26.67 an hour, plus incentive pay.

Examples of incentive pay include:

  • Five percent shift differential;
  • Twenty percent Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) incentive (required);
  • Five percent 911 Emergency Dispatcher pay;
  • $.70 per hour bilingual pay;
  • $.90 per hour trainer pay;
  • $1000 per year of tuition reimbursement.

City of San Diego employees may join the Municipal Employees Association (MEA) which is the bargaining unit for benefits and pay raises. MEA members can receive legal representation and discount tickets to Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park and other attractions.

City of San Diego employees receive 11 paid holidays per year and three weeks annual leave for the first five years of service.

The city offers a cafeteria-style benefits package where each employee is allotted a sum of money. Health insurance and life insurance are required for all employees unless covered by a spouse or significant other. Employees may select from approximately three choices of health-care providers.

The Communications Division operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shift schedules vary and can change depending upon the season. Communications full-time staff work four ten-hour shifts with three consecutive days off each week.

If you have additional questions about San Diego Police Department Recruiting, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call 619-531-COPS (2677) or email [email protected].

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

To access 9-1-1 from a cell phone or outside San Diego, dial 619-531-2065.

For 24-hour non-emergencies, dial 619-531-2000 or 858-484-3154.


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