South African Police Service
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Detective monthly salaries in South Africa at South African Police Service

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Average salary
R 14 745 per month
Above national average
Average R 14 745
Low R 2 900
High R 36 000

Salary estimated from 6 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

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Reviews about Pay & Benefits for Detective at South African Police Service

very stressfull work place but also had a fun part to it

Was a very hard and difficult environment to adjust to in the beginning ,the work load was alot and the expectation was not negotiable but was only the best expected,it is a very stressful environment but also has a fun part to it It is definitely not meant for the faint hearted.I must say that it is a stable job to have ,if i say stable i mean u have benefits and a guaranteed salary each end of the month.The only thing that is very disappointing is the disciplinary regulations that was implemented in 2017 called the expeditious process.Senior staff also don't stand up for their members but only think of themselves and how to safe themselfs and that so sad.
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I work at provincial level so i am tasked with high profile matters.

It is a stable job, it has its pros and cons. There is room for progress however it takes a long duration. My duties are intense and dangerous. It can be stressful aswell.


Work at my own pace.


Stressful and dangerous job
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Low salaries meant much debt by members and this affected their productivity however it is an exiting career to be in as a detective full of action.

The SAP was a great place to work especially in my division of being a detective. Each day and each case is different and even though some scenes are traumatising I was allowed to express my investigative abilities to the fullest. The low salaries paid by the SAP lead to a very low moral amongst members and many members would do as little as possible. The SAP offered great benefits such as Polmed medical aid, housing allowance, promotion availability depending on studies completed. All costs of successfully completing a Policing qualification was reimbursed. The ability to pre pay the studies hampered many members from being able to study for promotion. In this occupation you meet people of all walks of life and this I enjoyed being a people person. My Christian faith also enabled me to council families experiencing a loss. I missed the SAP when I left but the salary was not sufficient to sustain a family.


Medical, housing allowance, transport whilst on duty, promotion availability, study time off for exams.


Shift working, low salaries, unappreciated by sociaty
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How much does a Detective make at South African Police Service in South Africa?

Average South African Police Service Detective monthly pay in South Africa is approximately R 14 745, which is 22% above the national average.

Salary information comes from 8 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

Please note that all salary figures are approximations based upon third party submissions to Indeed. These figures are given to the Indeed users for the purpose of generalised comparison only. Minimum wage may differ by jurisdiction and you should consult the employer for actual salary figures.

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