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Salaries and Benefits

$73,852 - $126,255 - Lateral/Certified. Salary range for applicants currently employed as a federal, state, or municipal law enforcement officer with at least one year of full duty service after training. Starting salary is determined upon validation of the current annual base salary with locality pay of the selectee. A $5,000 recruitment bonus is paid at appointment, and a $5,000 retention bonus is paid after completing 18 months with a two-year service agreement.

$73,852 - Entry-level
$81,371 - After 30 months (Private First Class)
$126,255 – Maximum earning potential at the Private First Class Rank
$132,568 – Maximum earning potential at the Corporal Rank
$142,336 – Maximum earning potential at the Sergeant Rank

Promotions are based on time-in-grade until 30 months of service, after which promotions are awarded based on competitive evaluation as vacancies arise. Higher ranks yield higher maximum earnings potential and higher retirement annuity calculations.

Working for the Supreme Court of the United States Police offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health insurance benefits, premium pay, and eligibility for retirement with 20 years of service at age 50, or 25 years of service at any age.

  • Sick Leave - Employees earn 104 hours of sick leave per year that accrues without limit. Sick leave not utilized at the time of retirement will be added to the annuitant’s length of service when calculating their retirement benefit.
  • Annual Leave - Employees earn annual leave at the following rates: 13 days per year for the first three years of service, 20 days after three years of service, and 26 days every year after 15 years of service. Employees may carry over a maximum of 240 hours (30 days) of annual leave from one calendar year to the next.
  • Overtime - Supreme Court Police Officers working overtime are eligible to earn monetary pay or compensatory time at a rate of 1.5 times their derived hourly pay.
  • Premium Pay - Supreme Court Police Officers working the hours between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM are eligible to earn Night Differential at a rate of 10% of their derived hourly pay. Sunday premium is earned at a rate of 25% of their derived hourly pay.
  • Retirement - The Federal Law Enforcement Retirement System offered by the Supreme Court of the United States is a special variant of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) offered to most U.S. government employees. Law Enforcement FERS is a three-part retirement program:
    • The first part is a defined-benefit plan (annuity) calculated by applying the average of the highest three years of earnings (high-3) to the length of service of an employee. Police annuitants receive 1.7% of their high-3 for the first 20 years of their service, and 1% for each additional year. This translates to 34% of the high-3 for police officers retiring after 20 years of service, and 39% if retiring after 25 years.
    • The second part is the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is a defined-contribution pension (savings account). Employees may contribute up to the IRS maximum, and the Court will match any contributions up to 5% of base salary.
    • The third part of the FERS benefit is access to social security. As Supreme Court Police Officers are able (and required) to retire before they are eligible to apply for social security, a FERS supplement is paid to compensate until age 62.
    • Employees with prior military service may buy back their active duty military time to be added to their length of service for the purposes of the annuity calculation. Military time cannot, however, be added to the length of service for determining retirement eligibility.
  • Educational Assistance - Up to $3,500 per calendar year is available based on budget approval and the relevance of the requested courses to enhance job performance. A signed agreement committing the employee to repaying any amounts paid by the Court if the employee discontinues service from the Court within one year of completing the course is required.

Additional benefits include health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and the SmartBenefits transit subsidy.

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