Garda Pay Scale and Benefits

Garda Trainees will receive an allowance of €184 per week for the 34 weeks of training at the Garda Training College Templemore.  €184 may sound like a small sum but it’s important to note that accommodation and food is provided free of charge by the Garda College.

Garda Trainees attest or graduate from Phase 1 of Training after 34 weeks and move onto the first point of the Garda incremental pay scale of €30,296 as a Garda Probationer.

The incremental scale rises to €48,754 per annum after 8 years with two further increments after 13 and 19 years’ service which bring the maximum of the pay scale to €52,482 per annum after 19 years (note these are the 1st January, 2019 rates and are subject to change). Other allowances may also be payable, including for unsocial hours, as may overtime.

It’s important to note that a Garda salary will depend on several different factors, including the length of time in service, along with any type of promotion or rank advancement. In addition to offering a competitive salary, a Garda will benefit from a competitive pension plan, a competitive healthcare plan, and various allowances amongst other perks.

Source: 2019 Notes for Candidates Document issued by PAS


  1. Gary

    Hi ,
    Is the €30,296 figure before tax?

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