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Police: Pay

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average pay is for all grades of police officer in England; (174717)

(2) what the average pay for a police constable in England including all allowances is in 2007-08.

Information on average salary by rank is not held centrally. Information on pay scales for all police ranks was taken from the Police Negotiating Board Circulars available at the Office of Manpower Services website:

Pay scales for all police officer ranks in England from 1 September 2006

Pay scale







Inspector (London)


Chief Inspector


Chief Inspector (London)




Chief Superintendent


Assistant Chief Constable


Deputy Chief Constable (including Deputy Metropolitan Commissioner)


Chief Constable (including Metropolitan Commissioner)


Police officers are entitled to a range of allowances as set out in the Police Regulations 2003 and the Secretary of State’s determinations under the regulations. Some of the principle allowances are:

Officers serving in the Metropolitan or City of London forces are eligible for:


London Allowance


London Weighting


A South East England Allowance is payable to members of the forces listed as follows at the rates given:


Essex, Herts, Kent, Surrey, Thames Valley


Beds, Hants, Sussex


As set out in the Police Negotiating Board Circular 03/16 some posts (determined by the chief office and police authority) are eligible for a special priority payment. The payments can be between £500 and £3,000 and exceptionally up to £5,000.