The starting salary for police constables in Scotland will not be cut, even though new recruits in England will see their wages fall by £4,000, according to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
The "hard working, dedicated officers" in Scotland would see no change in their pay, said Mr MacAskill.
He spoke out on the issue after UK Home Secretary Theresa May said she would press ahead with the proposal made last year by civilian lawyer Tom Winsor and cut the starting salary for police constables by £4,000 to £19,000.
Mrs May said the wage cut is part of a programme to "modernise police pay and conditions so that they are fair to both officers and the taxpayer".
In Scotland, new constables receive a salary of £23,259 which rises to £25,962 on completion of training.
Mr MacAskill said: "The Scottish Government did not commission the Winsor Review which relates to policing in England and Wales. We will not impose changes to the terms and conditions of our hard working, dedicated officers. Starting salaries for our police constables in Scotland will stay the same.
"The police service in Scotland will not be privatised, we will safeguard officer numbers, we will not implement the Winsor package north of the border and we will protect this vital service from Westminster cuts.
"The choices we have made to protect policing in Scotland build on our ambition, and the ambition of police, to provide an even better service to our people despite the financial challenges we face."
Public confidence in the police in Scotland is at a "historic high", according to Mr MacAskill, while recorded crime is at its lowest level for 37 years.
With Scotland's national police force due to replace regional forces in just over two months, he said: "Police Scotland will build on this record of success and protect and improve local services, create equal access to specialist support and national capacity, and strengthen connections between police and the communities they serve."