Salary & Benefits

City Of Charleston Police Officer


The Charleston Police Department offers many great incentives when considering joining our agency.


Charleston Police Department is South Carolina’s premiere law enforcement organization and the highest paid in the state.

Insurance & Retirement

The City of Charleston offers a full complement of medical benefits, $3,000 tuition reimbursement, and financial incentives for wellness.

Leave Incentives

Charleston Police Officers can accrue annual leave, sick leave, and are paid for 10 holidays a year.

Take Home Vehicle

After release from field training, Officers are allowed to drive their police vehicles off duty, saving money on gas and maintenance.

The City of Charleston is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer who is committed to recruit, hire, promote or transfer employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, age, marital status, receipt of public assistance, or political affiliation, except that no person shall be employed who advocates or belongs to a group which advocates the violent overthrow of our government.


Officers of the Charleston Police Department are afforded many opportunities to develop their careers within a premier law enforcement organization. Along with the City’s college incentive program and the department’s in-service training, officers are able to compete for promotional positions.  All promotions are based upon merit as determined by a competitive promotional process administered by the Personnel Department.The Charleston Police Department presently consists of approximately 456 sworn employees.  The department maintains a police garage, weapons range, training facility, and weight room.

The City of Charleston