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Our salaries and benefits package are designed to help you build your family's future in St. Cloud

police officer salary

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2024 $34.99/hr $36.39/hr $37.85/hr $39.36/hr $40.94/hr $42.57/hr $44.28/hr $46.05/hr $48.93/hr

lateral salary

Experience Hourly Pay Period Annually
2-3 Years $36.39 $3,151.37 $76,632.98
3-4 Years $37.85 $3,277.81 $76,667.44.25
5+ Years $39.36 $3,408.58 $81,805.82


Experience Hourly Pay Period Annually
No Experience $24.16 $2,094.5 $50,267
2 Years $26.60 $2,128.00 $55,301.40


  • 96 hours paid vacation per year, increases over time
  • 8 hours paid sick leave per calendar month
  • 12 paid holidays per calendar year
  • 1 personal day per calendar year
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Employer/employee paid pension through PERA
  • Employee assistance program
  • Longevity pay after five years of service
  • Cell phone discounts with participating vendors
  • St. Cloud Federal Credit Union deductions
  • Deferred compensation plans
  • For Police Officers, employer will pay 100% of the monthly premium for single insurance coverage and 90% of the monthly premium for family insurance coverage.  
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The St Cloud Police Department has an atmosphere of wellness and caring. The department has a Peer Support team that consists of 25 members made up of multiple ranks and non-sworn personnel that have received 40 hours of specialized training. We utilize an application called PeerConnect so that all employees can access Peer Support at any time of day with the push of a button.  PeerSupport team members post wellness related articles to the application for employees to review. Our sworn employees receive training yearly by our clinical director who is a licensed therapist on topics such as the importance of sleep, exercise, eating healthy, etc.  Officers are encouraged to reach out and set up appointments for themselves or family members as needed. We have a state of the art gym within the police department that is open to all employees and their family members. The gym is updated frequently with new equipment. We have a pickle ball court inside of our heated parking garage that employees can use. The city pays for Calcium Heart Score testing for officers over 35 which is an easy way to potentially detect warning signs of heart troubles early. 

why st. cloud?

Not only does St. Cloud attract innovation, employment opportunities, and shoppers from throughout the region, it’s also a place people genuinely enjoy quality Midwestern living. From jumping feet first into the quarry pond in the summer to living year-round in one of the many reimagined historic downtown sites, St. Cloud becomes even greater every year.


City Housing Taxes Food Childcare Healthcare Transportation Total 2015 Cost
St. Cloud $741 $277 $743 $214 $391 $947 $42,900
Minneapolis $1,022 $549 $794 $630 $411 $994 $55,845

Based on some of the common costs for a family of three (two adults with a child), St. Cloud is significantly lower than Minneapolis. When coupled with the large number of employment opportunities, St. Cloud is ideal place to live, work, and play.  

skilled workforce

The St. Cloud region attracts a highly skilled and educated workforce from over 280,000 people from the entire St. Cloud MSA and beyond. Our central location in the state, large number of businesses and a significant number of higher education offerings lead to sustaining and expanding a highly skilled pool of employees.


  • 67% have attended or graduated from college
  • 35,000 college and technical training students
  • 32,866 come into St. Cloud from the region to work
  • 67.9% of people live and work in the St. Cloud MSA
  • Nearly 75% of our residents (34,241) commute less than 24 minutes
  • The health care and social assistance industry pays an average annual wage of $51,844 for the City, which is 12.9% more than the Minnesota average.
  • Top industries for employment and average wage:


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The St. Cloud Police Department is a full-service, highly sophisticated professional agency. Through innovate leadership and dedication to providing quality services, our Department maximizes its resources to provide a high-quality work environment. We give our officers the same respect and concern that we expect them to show all citizens with whom they come into contact in the line of duty.

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