Seattle Police Salary

The Seattle Police Salary starts at $24.56 per hour, while at the Police Academy.

Once successful, and sworn in as an Officer, the pay increases to $30.80, or the equivalent of $64,310.40 annually.

Seattle Police Salary increases incrementally in the following steps:

6 months: $30.80 hourly / $64,310.40 annually

18 Months: $34.52 hourly / $72,077.76 annually

30 Months: $35.86 hourly / $74,875.68 annually

42 Months: $37.64 hourly / $78,592.32 annually

54 Months: $40.33 hourly / $84,209.04 annually

Officers also earn a Yearly uniform allowance of $550.

As for benefits, Seattle Police Officers receive:

-10 Paid Holidays plus 16 hours Personal Holiday

-12 Days paid Vacation

-12 Days paid Sick Leave (can be used for spouse/domestic partner, child or parent with unlimited accrual)

-Enrollment in Washington State LEOFF2 Retirement

-Deferred Compensation Plan (Optional) (City Matches up to $2780.40 a year)


Applicants to the Seattle Police Department must be a minimum of 20.5 years of age when they take the written exam. Applicants must be a US citizen, have a high school diploma, a valid Washington State Driver's licence.

You may be disqualified from the process if your driving record shows one or more of the following:

-Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

-Reckless Driving

-Hit & Run Driving

-Suspension of your driver's license within five years of the date of application

-Three or more moving violations (speeding, negligent driving, etc.) in the past five years of the date of application will be carefully reviewed.

-Two or more accidents within five years of the date of application, wherein applicant was judged to be at fault and/or charged with a moving violation.

Seattle Police Officers work 4 days in a row, 9 hours shifts. They are assigned to a watch where they remain unless they request to be moved to one of the others. There is no mandatory rotating schedule.

The three watches consist of:

First Watch: 0300-1200 or 0330 - 1230

Second Watch: 1100-2000 or 1130 - 2030

Third Watch: 1900-0400 or 1930 - 0430

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