November 15, 2022
- What is the starting salary?
- Does the USCP follow the GS pay scale?
- What type of benefits does the USCP offer?
- Does the USCP provide Wellness Services?
- What are the retirement benefits?
- Is there a mandatory retirement age?
- Can I benefit from prior military service?
- Starting - $77,441
- After 1 year of service - $79,348
- After 24 months of satisfactory performance & promotion to Private First Class - $85,325
Keep in mind that the above-mentioned numbers do not include any pay differentials. There are many opportunities for overtime, holiday pay, advancements, promotions, and reassignments.
- No. Because our agency falls under the Legislative branch of government, we utilize a law enforcement-specific pay scale (LP scale).
- Listed below are just a few of the benefits that the USCP has to offer. For additional information, please read the USCP Employee Benefits guide.
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Transit Benefits
- The USCP not only has a robust health and fitness wellness program, but also financial wellness assistance. USCP takes pride in supporting officers on and off duty to reach their personal and professional goals.
- USCP officers are eligible to receive three sources of retirement income:
- A retirement annuity (pension) - 34% after 20 years of completed service and if the officer has reached the age of 50, OR 39% of the officer's base salary after 25 years of service completed at any age.
- Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) – Similar to a 401k plan where employees contribute a percentage or dollar amount and the agency matches up to 5%. (These benefits will transfer for federal employees hired under the FERS retirement system).
- Social Security
- Yes. It is usually at age 57, but has been temporarily raised to age 60 until 2023. As a result of critical mission requirements, a waiver has been granted by the Capitol Police Board, allowing a maximum entry age of up to 39 years of age at the time of appointment (or 40 years of age if the individual turns 40 in the same month of their initial appointment), with required mandatory retirement after 20 years of Federal law enforcement service (e.g., employed at 39 years of age and retire at 59 years of age).
- If an employee was on active duty in the military and received an honorable discharge, the military service is potentially creditable under CSRS and FERS Retirement.
- You may "buy back" your military time. Your DD-214 must be submitted to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) for service computation to provide to the Office of Human Resources.