When LAPD sergeant Cassandra Britt-Nickerson was 15 years old, she saw a television special on female police officers -- and from that moment, she knew that it was the career for her. According to Britt-Nickerson, the LAPD offers great opportunities for women. To top it off, the force offers a good salary and other benefits.
The base salary for LAPD recruits varies based on education. If you have a high school diploma, your base salary as of 2011 is $47,042. If you have a minimum of 60 college semester units with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, that beginning salary increases to $48,942. If you have a four-year bachelor's degree, then your starting salary is $50,842.
Your time with the LAPD begins when you start training at the police academy. After six months on the force, officers receive their first pay increases. After another 12 months, you get an additional increase in pay. Officers continue to get an annual pay raises to a maximum of $83,311 per year.
LAPD officers receive 15 days of vacation time when they start with the force. After 10 years, this increases to 23 days each year. Officers also have 13 floating holidays per year -- one every four weeks. Furthermore, the LAPD offers compressed schedules for some officers. These schedules allow officers to work the same number of hours compressed into fewer days to get more consecutive days off.
In addition to their salaries, LAPD officers earn other benefits. These include a city pension plan, to which the city and employees both contribute. Health and dental plans are available to police officers, to which the city of Los Angeles contributes as well. Officers can also contribute to a deferred compensation plan in which the funds aren't taxed until withdrawn.