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Salary & Benefits

Beyond competitive salaries and benefits, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)provides officers with leadership opportunities and comprehensive training to increase their earning potential. CMPD invests in its recruits, and pays officers-in-training a full-time salary while they attend the academy. With 13 different divisions and specialized positions, CMPD offers exceptional room for growth.

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Entry level pay starts at $50,704, Officers earn up to $88,687.

Pay incentives for Associates (+5%, $53,239) and Bachelors (+10%, $55,774) Degrees.

Veterans may be eligible to receive VA benefits and supplements.

20 to 30 vacation days per year (based on years of service with the City of Charlotte).

12 sick days per year.

2 weeks leave for annual training for Reservists/National Guard.

5% pay incentive for proficiency in Spanish.

5% pay incentive for Police Training Officer status.

Various medical benefit plans to choose from as an employee, including Heath Savings Accounts, which can be used for future retiree medical expenses.

The city provides basic life insurance for all regular employees that is equal to two times your base earnings (rounded to the next higher $1,000 up to $500,000)

401(k) provided by the city - 5% of salary contributed by the City for sworn personnel.

Education tuition reimbursement program.

Eligible for full retirement benefits from the city and state after 30 years of credible service or at age 55. Sworn employees contribute 6% to Local Government Employees Retirement System.

Weekly paycheck.

Uniforms and equipment provided.

6 weeks paid parental leave.

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO EITHER SECOND OR THIRD SHIFTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL PAY AS A SALARY INCREASE OF 2.5%.

QUALIFYING MILITARY SERVICE WILL BE ADDED AS AN ELIGIBLE INCENTIVE FOR POLICE OFFICERS, WHICH WILL RECEIVE THE EXISTING 5% PUBLIC SAFETY EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE FOR A TWO-YEAR DEGREE ONLY.

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