Pay & Benefits

Including Sworn & Non-Sworn Positions

Winston-Salem police officers enjoy competitive pay and an advantageous retirement plan. City Council, in support of the Winston-Salem Police Department, has approved for sworn police officers to receive up to a 14.70% pay increase during fiscal year 2023 and then an additional 2% raise every six months thereafter.  In addition, City Council approved a $2,500.00 signing bonus for applicants who are hired as a police officer or a communications operator. Uniforms and equipment are provided.Police Car in Front of Arch

Take-home Cars

Winston-Salem police officers are allowed to take their assigned vehicles to their residence up to 60 miles from center of downtown.  

Sworn Pay

  • Police Officer Trainee Starting Salary: $50,000
    • with A.A./ A.S. Degree: $52,500
    • with B.A./B. S Degree: $55,000
  • Sworn Officer Starting Salary: $52,500
    • with A. A. S Degree: $55,125
    • with B.A. or B. S Degree: $57,750

Non-Sworn Starting Salary

  • Crime Scene Technician: $39,018
  • Police Records Specialist: $34,080
  • Police Evidence Specialist: $34,080
  • Communications Operator: $39,799  
  • Telephone Response Operator: $31,851
  • Police Processing Technician: $34,080

Additional Incentives

  • Lateral Entry: Pay depends on experience
  • Military Incentive: Police Applicants will receive an additional 5% pay increase with military experience

Contact Recruiting at 336-773-7925 or email a Winston-Salem Police Department recruiter.


All members of the Winston-Salem Police Department receive a package of benefits. Sworn Personnel receive 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), $1,500 in relocation assistance, and more.

GI Bill Benefits for Veterans!!!

The Winston-Salem Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.