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As the Police Reform Committee prepares to propose raising the salary of lower ranking officers the Thai media has published details of what a cop actually earns.
At the lower lever this would represent a big increase. At present a first year recruit from the police training academy can expect to earn as little as 6,970 baht. This can rise to 29,690 for the rank of police sergeant major.
By the time of the third year a constable could earn about 10,000 baht while a senior sergeant major would be on 38,000 baht.
A major could expect to net 38,000, a police lieutenant colonel 54,000, a police colonel 58,000 and a special police colonel 69,000. These are the top rates.
Sanook said that the range of salaries meant a daily rate of just 162 baht for the lowest paid up to 2,301 baht for the most.
As an example the Pattaya station chief enjoys the rank of Police Colonel.
The salaries of the more senior members of the police – the generals – were not mentioned.
The NCOs (non commissioned officers) have the rank of senior sergeant major down to constable.
The officers are those ranked from sub-lieutenant up to police general.
Thaivisa notes that the number of men and women in the police force is thought to number around a quarter of a million with around 17% of the civil service in the police. The police force is often called the fourth armed force in Thailand.
Wikipedia says that a 5,000 baht increase in salaries would be “politically untenable”.
Sanook said that legal add-ons make most police salaries worth about 25-46,000 baht a month.