Due to the demanding nature of their work, police officers usually make more money than average Canadians. According to the 2009 Labour Survey, the median hourly wage for police officers was $33.00. (That means that half of the employees earned less than this amount and half earned more.) This is significantly higher than the median hourly wage for all occupations, which was $21.00. The overall average hourly wage for police officers was $30.50.
The average annual salary range for police officers is between $60,000 and $70,000, and employment usually includes an extensive benefits package.
Pay by employer
While the general Statistics Canada data referenced above includes multiple kinds of police officers—Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), constables, crime prevention constables, detectives, military police officers, and more—it’s important to have an idea of just how much pay varies depending on employer. A few examples:
- New RCMP constables receive a base salary of $48,946. Usually after about 36 months of service, they make approximately $79,308 a year.
- Military police officers are paid monthly rates that correspond with their military rank. You can browse the pay scales on the Canadian Forces website.
- Cadets in training with the Toronto Police Service can expect to start at $53,605 per year and advance to $59,574 as a 4th class constable. (1st class constables make $85,106.)
- Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recruits make $45,833 and advance to $58,437 after graduation; while new Surete de Quebec officers start at $38,641, which increases to $67,373 after 60 months.
Things to consider:
- Pay varies by geographical location. Currently, the highest average wages for police officers are earned in the Halifax, Nova Scotia region at $36.90 an hour. The lowest are in Montreal, Quebec, at $19.25 an hour.
- Some police organizations, such as the OPP, offer monetary incentives for officers willing to work in remote and/or northern locations.
- Specializations, like forensics or explosives disposal, can also offer different pay rates. (Note: Police officers usually can’t specialize until they have at least four years of experience.)