Entry Level Police Officer


​The City of Salem Police Department is a full-service, world-class police agency seeking recruit, bilingual, and currently certified police officers looking for career enhancement and development. Salem employs only those applicants who meet or exceed the highest standards. Contact a recruiter for more information.

Current job opening

Minimum requirements

  • 21 years of age upon appointment as police officer
  • Possess good communication skills
  • High school graduate (or possess a GED certificate)
  • Written examination
  • Able to become a US Citizen within 18 months of hire
  • Oral interview
  • Excellent moral character
  • Willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Valid driver license
  • Minimum reading and writing skills at a 12th-grade level
  • Meet or exceed minimum physical standards
  • Demonstrate having made good life choices, as determined by an extensive, in-depth background investigation
  • Meet all applicable physical, vision, hearing, and psychological examination requirements (after conditional offer of hire)


Salem police officers receive excellent pay and benefits, which include:

  • $28.38 per hour ($4,919.20 per month), up to $37.26 per hour ($6,458.40 per month)
  • City-paid medical insurance (dependents included) after employee pays $35 per paycheck.
  • City-paid dental insurance (dependents included)
  • City-paid vision insurance (dependents included)
  • City-paid life and disability insurance
  • City-paid PERS (retirement)
  • All uniforms, weapon, and safety equipment supplied by the City
  • City-paid Health Savings Account
  • On-site exercise facility open 24/7

Additional benefits available include:

  • Optional employee-paid deferred compensation program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Limited tuition reimbursement program
  • Employee-paid union membership
  • Employee-paid Salem Police Association membership
  • Employee-paid, pre-tax medical flexible spending account

Additional pay incentives include:

  • Field training officer
  • K9 handler and K9 agitator
  • Motorcycle officer
  • Bilingual
  • Bomb squad
  • SWAT
  • Tactical negotiator
  • Detective

Additional information

Contact us

Sgt Rogers SmithPolice Department
555 Liberty ST SE RM 130
Salem OR 97301
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