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 +)   $2,252 $58,552
Probationary Constable   $2,627 $68,303
Constable 1 to 8 $2,701 to $3149         $70,249 to $81,892
Senior Constable 1 to 6 $3,232 to $3,735 $84,053 to $97,133
Senior Constable 1st Class 1 to 6 $3,333 to $3,836 $86,669 to $99,749
Sergeant 1 to 5 $3,921 to $4,305 $101,958 to $111,930
Senior Sergeant 1 to 5 $4,398 to $4,661 $114,354 to $121,198
Inspector 1 to 3 $5,431 to $5,920 $141,215 to $153,942
Chief inspector   $6,108 $158,812
Superintendent 1 to 3 $6,164 to $6,674 $160,282 to $173,537          
Chief Superintendent   $6,932 $180,234          

The above rates are valid as of 1 July 2019. 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.