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.

Police Officer Trainee Starting Salary: $39,469
with A. A. S. Degree: $41,442
with B.A./B. S. Degree: $43,416

Sworn Officer Starting Salary: $41,442
with A. A. S. Degree: $43,515
with B.A. or B. S. Degree: $45,587
Non-Sworn Starting Salary:  
Crime Scene Technician: $39,018
Police Records Specialist: $34,080
Police Evidence Specialist: $34,080
Communications Operator: $36,466
Telephone Response Operator: $31,851
Police Processing Technician: $34,080

Lateral Entry: Pay depends on experience

Military Incentive:  Police Applicants will receive an additional 5% pay increase with military experience.

Signing Bonuses:  Applicants that are hired and successfully complete BLET will be given a one time, $1,000 bonus when they graduate.

Contact Recruiting at 336-773-7925 or .


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) and more.

GI Bill Benefits for Veterans!!!

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

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