Pay and Benefits

Including sworn and non-sworn positions

Winston-Salem police officers enjoy competitive pay and an advantageous retirement plan. Pay scales are reviewed annually. Uniforms and equipment are provided.

Take-home cars:Winston-Salem police officers who live in Forsyth County are issued individual patrol cars that are theirs to drive to and from work and to off-duty employment.

Take Home Car

Police Officer Trainee Starting Salary: $30,570
with A. A. S. Degree: $32,110
with B.A./B. S. Degree: $33,470
Sworn Officer Starting Salary: $32,100
with A. A. S. Degree: $33,710
with B.A. or B. S. Degree: $35,140
Non-Sworn Starting Salary:  
Crime Scene Technician: $32,070
Police Records Specialist: $25,970.25
Police Evidence Specialist: $25,970.25
Communications Operator: $28,890
Telephone Response Operator: $23,400
Police Processing Technician: $25,970


Lateral Entry: Pay depends on experience
Contact Recruiting at (336) 773-7925 or Email a WSPD recruiter


All members of the Winston-Salem Police Department receive a package of benefits, including state and city pensions for sworn personnel, medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, education assistance, life and accidental death insurance, flexible spending accounts (to set aside money tax-free for medical and child care expenses) and more.

GI Bill Benefits for Veterans!!!

The Winston-Salem Police Department is an equal opportunity employer

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