Entry Level Program

Salary $103,116 — $147,628/year

A Police Officer works 40 hours per week on different shifts and overtime may be required. San Francisco offers excellent benefits and the current starting salary is $103,116 per year. After seven years of service, a Police Officer may earn up to $147,628 per year. You will receive comprehensive training, at your full starting salary.

Officer talking to citizen at night

Police Officer Duties Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Patrolling their districts, responding to calls for service, conducting investigations, writing reports, pursuing and detaining suspects, and making arrests.
  • Participating in community policing programs.
  • Enforcing traffic and parking laws.
  • Preparing for and participating in planned events.
  • Preparing for and attending court.
  • Participating in self-development activities and attending training.


The San Francisco Police Department offers:

  • 10 paid vacation days a year during the first five years of service.
  • 15 paid vacation days a year during the next 10 years of service.
  • 20 paid vacation days a year after 15 years of service.
  • 4 floating holidays.
  • 13 paid sick days a year and several healthcare plans.
  • Bilingual pay and special assignment pay.
  • Retirement benefits: 3% of final compensation per year of service at age 58, with a maximum of 90% benefit based on years of service.
    All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009, will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5% – 13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact your departmental personnel officer.


Does this sound interesting?

Have Questions? Contact the San Francisco Police Department Recruitment Unit

1245 3rd Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 1-415-837-7270
Email: JoinSFPD@sfgov.org

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