City of Santa Monica

Police Officer

Annual Salary Ranges of $78,624 - $97,068

We encourage motivated individuals to apply for a challenging and rewarding career as a Santa Monica Police Officer. In addition to Patrol, our core service, the Department offers a wide range of special assignments:

Crime Impact Unit
Criminal Investigations Section
Crisis Negotiations Team
Downtown Bicycle Unit
Field Training Officer Unit
Gang Unit
Homeless Liaison Unit
K-9 Unit
Mounted Patrol Unit
Neighborhood Resource Officer Unit
Personnel and Training Unit
School Resource Officer Unit
Special Weapons and Tactics Team
Traffic / Motor Unit
Vice / Narcotics Unit


Annual Salary Ranges of $78,624 – $97,068
Compressed work schedules
Paid vacation, sick, and personal leave
City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance
2.7% at 57 Public Employee Retirement Plan
Educational incentives – 6% for Intermediate
POST Certificates, 12% for Advanced POST Certificates
Uniform allowance
Additional bilingual pay
Court standby pay
Longevity pay
Sick leave buy back incentive

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Lateral candidates upon hire will receive 40 hours of sick and 40 hours of vacation bank time. Lateral candidates start at a higher salary step based on years of service and previous salary.