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Police Officer Salaries & Benefits

A career with the United States Capitol Police (USCP) offers many rewards: making a significant and positive impact; interesting work and employment opportunities; serving the public; pride in serving on the nation’s premiere police department; and competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

Immediately upon hire, all officers receive full pay and are appointed to the rank of Private. Upon graduation from the United States Capitol Police Training Academy, officers are appointed to the rank of Private with Training. After successful completion of 30 months of service, officers are typically promoted to the rank of Private First Class.

As of March 2022, the initial salary steps are as follows:

Position Title                                   Salary

Private                                             $73,852

Private First Class                          $77,543


In addition to offering a competitive salary, the USCP offers a wide range of benefits that are designed to make our employees’ federal career very rewarding.  

Opportunities for Career Growth

Upon successful completion of training, probationary periods, time in grade, and all other professional requirements, future competitive promotions may be available to a higher rank or positions within a specialized area such as Dignitary Protection, Intelligence, Patrol and Mobile Response, K-9, Containment Emergency Response Team (SWAT Team), and/or other positions within the Department. 

The United States Capitol Police is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered without discrimination based on national origin, race, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), disability, age, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.  


Contact Us

United States Capitol Police  
119 D Street, NE
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 593-4236