Career progression and salaries

Some of the benefits of a career as a police officer with SA Police are the opportunity and job security that our structured career progression program offers. Outlined below are the career pathways available to our officers and the salaries offered for each rank.

Rank Increment Range Fortnightly pay Annual Salary
Junior Cadet (18-20 years)   $1,341 $35,000
Cadet (21 years +)   $2,114 $55,153
Probationary Constable   $2,466 $64,344
Constable 1 to 8 $2,536 to $2,956 $66,169 to $77,118
Senior Constable 1 to 6 $3,044 to $3,551 $79,412 to $92,645
Senior Constable 1st Class 1 to 6 $3,146 to $3,653 $82,058 to $95,292
Sergeant 1 to 5 $3,718 to $4,114 $96,989 to $107,321
Senior Sergeant 1 to 5 $4,183 to $4,423 $109,110 to $115,388
Inspector 1 to 3 $5191 to $5606 $135,400 to $146,246
Chief inspector   $5,784 $150,870
Superintendent 1 to 3 $5,891 to $6379 $153,681 to $166,390  
Chief Superintendent   $6,625 $172,812  

The above rates are valid as of 6 July 2017. Shift allowances are paid in addition to normal salaries.

This structured framework allows us to support your career progression with SA Police, assisting you to qualify to the ranks of senior constable to superintendent. Your annual salary is based on your length of service, qualifications and achieved rank.

The Centre for Leader Development at the police academy provides integrated training programs for leadership, supervision and management, fostering your continuous learning and development.