Home Office Announces Police Pay Award

Published 12 September 2017

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced this year’s police pay award, which will see Police constables', Sergeants', Inspectors', Chief Inspectors', Superintendents' and Chief Superintendents' pay increase by two percent, whilst Assistant Chief Constables, Deputy Chief Constables and Chief Constables will receive a one per cent increase, from 1 September 2017.

A summary of the police pay and benefits, allowing you to see the pay brackets for officers, is published below:

Summary of national pay and benefits (as at 1st September 2017)

Police officers are eligible to receive a range of pay and benefits, including: * a basic annual starting salary of between £19,971 and £23,124 for constables, rising to £38,382 within 7 years of joining;

  • a minimum of 22 days of annual leave, rising with service to 30 days, plus bank holidays;

  • access to a valuable pension scheme;

  • a flexible working schedule, including career breaks;

  • enhanced maternity pay and leave and parental support pay (up to two weeks), as well as other additional provisions for new parents, including adoptions;

  • paid allowances to compensate for disruption to family life and the demands of the role;

  • sick leave on full pay for up to six months;

  • a fair and inclusive promotion policy; and,

  • temporary promotion opportunities which attract an enhanced salary and/or acting up allowance.

Individual forces may offer a range of additional benefits such as childcare vouchers, employee assistance programmes and lifestyle discounts.

Basic pay

From 1 September 2017, basic rates of annual pay for police officers are:

  • Police constables: £19,971 - £23,124 (minimum) depending on skills and experience - £38,382 (maximum)

  • Sergeants: £39,693 (minimum) - £43,134 (maximum)

  • Inspectors: £49,176 (minimum) - £53,340 (maximum)

  • Inspectors (London): £51,330 (minimum) - £55,512 (maximum)

  • Chief Inspectors: £54,432 (minimum) - £56,670 (maximum)

  • Chief Inspectors (London): £56,601 (minimum) - £58,833 (maximum)

  • Superintendents: £65,478 (minimum) - £77,340 (maximum)

  • Chief Superintendents: £81,156 (minimum) - £85,614 (maximum)

  • Assistant Chief Constables: £98,538 (minimum) - £111,249 (maximum)

Deputy Chief Constables and Chief Constables pay is determined by the size of the force and level of crime demand.

Additional pay allowances

In addition to basic pay, police officers in London receive regional allowances of up to £6,735 per annum.

Police officers in Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey or Thames Valley constabulary may receive regional allowances of up £3,000 per annum.

Police officers in Bedfordshire, Hampshire or Sussex constabulary may receive regional allowances of up £2,000 per annum.

Police officers meeting the relevant criteria may also receive additional allowances, for example, unsocial hours allowance, on call allowance and motor vehicle allowance.

Pay progression

Police officers receive annual incremental pay of between 2% or more, depending on rank and experience, in addition to any annual pay awards. This is dependent upon an officer’s performance having been graded as either ‘satisfactory’ or above in the annual appraisal.

Dependent on satisfactory performance, a constable will typically reach the top of their pay scale in 5-7 years; other ranks in 3-4 years.


Police officers are entitled to membership of a defined benefit pension scheme. Members benefit from employer contributions of 21.3% of their pay towards their pensions on top of their own contribution. All contributing members are able to take their pension by age 60, with the majority able to take a pension sooner.

The pension schemes not only provide for a pension for the member in retirement, but also an ill-health pension should the member need to be ill-health retired before their pension age, and pensions for a surviving spouse or partner, and/or children depending on the circumstances. Police pensions are amongst the best available and the benefits reflect the unique nature of police service.

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