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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 Annual Salary
Junior Cadet (18-20 years)   $39,790
Cadet (21 years +)   $60,917
Probationary Constable   $71,067
Constable 1 to 7 $73,087 to $85,201
Senior Constable 1 to 6 $87,449 to $101,058
Senior Constable 1st Class 1 to 6 $90,170 to $103,779
Sergeant 1 to 5 $106,077 to $116,452
Senior Sergeant 1 to 5 $118,974 to $126,094
Inspector 1 to 3 $146,920 to $160,161
Chief inspector   $165,228
Superintendent 1 to 3 $166,758 to $180,548          
Chief Superintendent   $187,516          

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.