Pay & Benefits

The Austin Police Department offers a competitive salary structure. Our officers are currently some of the highest paid in the state of Texas. We also have a great retirement system and offer a variety of other benefits as outlined on this page. Read through our list of benefits below and see why we’re one of the best agencies in the nation to work for. 

Salary

Police officer wages are set by the Meet and Confer Agreement between the Austin Police Association and the City of Austin. Our current agreement became effective on November 15, 2018, and is a four-year contract. Over the four year contract period, increases in base wages will be applied each year as follows: 1%, 2%, 2%, 2% respectively.

Police officer pay is outlined in the charts below. Salary figures reflect base pay and do not include overtime which officers are eligible for after graduating and completing their required 3 month Field Training period. Incentive pay is also not reflected in the charts below. These values are based on the initial 1% increase as part of the Meet and Confer Agreement and do not include the additional 2% increases to be applied over the second, third, and fourth years of the contract.   

  • Regular Academy

     During academy (approximately 8 months)

     $40,000/year rate 

     At graduation

     $59,268/year

     At 1 year anniversary of graduation

     $66,509/year

     At 2 year anniversary of graduation

     $73,407/year

     At 6 year anniversary of graduation

     $78,544/year

     At 10 year anniversary of graduation

     $84,043/year

     At 14 year anniversary of graduation

     $89,925/year

     At 16 year anniversary of graduation

     $96,222/year

    Modified (lateral) Academy

     During academy (approximately 4 months)

     $50,000/year rate

     At graduation

     $59,268/year

     Upon completion of Field Training (~2 months)

     $66,509/year

     At 1 year anniversary of graduation

     $73,407/year

     At 6 year anniversary of graduation

     $78,544/year

     At 10 year anniversary of graduation

     $84,043/year

     At 14 year anniversary of graduation

     $89,925/year

     At 16 year anniversary of graduation

     $96,222/year

  • Incentive Pay

    In addition to base salary, the Austin Police Department offers several forms of incentive pay for qualifying officers:

    • Bilingual Pay $175/month
    • Mental Health Officer (MHO) Pay $175/month
    • Field Training Officer (FTO) Pay $175/month
    • Education Incentive Pay
      • Associate's degree or 60 hours college credit $100/month
      • Bachelor's degree $220/month
      • Master's degree $300/month
    • Certificate Pay $50 - $150/month depending on TCOLE Certificate level
    • Shift Differential for evening or night shifts $300/month
    • Longevity Pay $107 per year of service, up to a maximum of 25 years
    • Cell Phone Allowance (Specialized Units Only) $16.16 biweekly
    • Court Overtime

     

    Salary by Rank

    This list provides a salary range for each rank up to Commander. These numbers do not include overtime or specialty (incentive) pays. These values are based on the initial 1% increase as part of the Meet and Confer Agreement and do not include the additional 2% increases to be applied over the second, third, and fourth years of the contract.    

     Cadet

     $40,000/year rate during Academy

     Police Officer

     $59,268 - $96,222/year

     Corporal/Detective

     $80,013 - $104,883/year

     Sergeant

     $93,317 - $114,318/year

     Lieutenant

     $107,315 - $131,467/year

     Commander

     $132,779 - $152,018/year

    Patrol Officer
    Patrol Officer
  • Retirement

    Our retirement system ranks as one of the best in Texas and the United States. Most police departments offer a 20 year retirement at 50% of the officer’s pay. Austin police officers qualify for a pension with the Austin Police Retirement System after successfully completing a minimum of 23 years of service, regardless of age. Your pension is based on the number of years of service at a multiplier of 3.2% per year. There is currently no maximum cap on the percentage you can earn. 

     

    Formula: [Years of Service] x [3.2% multiplier] = Percentage of Base Salary

    The chart below details three examples for earning retirement: 

    YEARS OF SERVICE PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL BASE SALARY EARNED

     23

     73.6%

     25

     80.0%

     30

     96.00%

    Military personnel are eligible to purchase an additional 2 years into the retirement system. This purchase does not count toward the required 23 years of service, but will be added to your multiplier for pension purposes. 

    For example, an officer who works 23 years and purchases 2 years of military time would earn at the rate of someone who worked 25 years total (earning 80% his/her base salary according to the formula and chart above).

     

    The Austin Police Department also offers an optional Deferred Compensation Plan, which is an employee only contribution. 

     

    For more information, visit the Austin Police Retirement System website.

    Benefits
    Retirement
  • Benefits Overview

    Health, dental and retirement benefits will begin on day one of the police academy. Austin Police Department employees are eligible to participate in the following benefits:

    • Medical (BlueCross BlueShield)
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Life insurance
    • Short term disability
    • Long term disability
    • FLEXTRA Health Care
    • FLEXTRA Dependent Care
    • Group Legal Plan
    • Wellness Program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Childcare Programs
    • Commuter Program
    • Retirement (mandatory)
    • Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $2,000 per year
    • Deferred Compensation

     

      Additionally, the following four types of coverage are offered at no cost to the employee:

      • CDHP with HSA (employee only)
      • Dental (employee only)
      • Basic life insurance
      • Short term disability
    • Medical Benefits

      BlueCross BlueShield provides medical coverage for our employees. A Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) is offered at no cost for employee only coverage. PPO and HMO medical plans are also offered, with contributions made by the employee per pay period (every two weeks) as follows:

       

    • Coverage type CDHP with HSA PPO HMO
      Employee only $0.00 $5.00 $10.00
      Employee & spouse/domestic partner $91.78 $191.12 $196.12
      Employee & children $45.52 $140.80 $145.80
      Employee & family or domestic partner & children $211.08 $320.87 $325.87

      Other benefits:

      • Vacation Leave: 150 hours annually
      • Sick Leave: 6.08 hours accrued per pay period (26 pay periods)
      • Exceptional (Holiday) Leave: Up to 88 hours annually
      • Personal Holiday: 16 hours annually
      • Military Leave: 15 days annually
      • Wellness Leave: Earn up to 16 hours annually 
      • Emergency Leave: 40 hours for immediate family
      • Rotating shifts – Patrol officers typically work four 10-hour days with 3 days off. Days off rotate every 28 days.
      • Over 50 specialized units in the Department
      • Opportunities for promotions
      • Incentive pay for qualifying officers
      • Uniforms and associated equipment provided, including firearms

       

      For a complete list of benefits, please visit the City of Austin Human Resources Department website.