Austin Police Department cadets and police officer salaries are set forth in the Meet & Confer Agreement between the City of Austin and the Austin Police Association. These figures do not include any department overtime, court appearances and/or voluntary assignments an officer may accrue during the year. This also does not include annual cost of living raises or promotional raises as outlined in the Meet & Confer Agreement. Modified Academy applicants get an accelerated pay scale that can be viewed on the Modified Academy page.
Cadet Starting Salary: $3,334 monthly salary for 8 months as a cadet.
A cadet with full GI Bill benefits could earn up to an extra $1717 monthly during the academy, depending on your benefit qualification. GI Bill benefits continue for an additional 15 months while you are on probation. This is considered an on-the-job training period.
Probationary Officer Salary: $56,961 annually.
Police Officer 1 Year Anniversary: $63,920 annually.
Police Officer 2 Year Anniversary: $70,550 annually.
Police Officer 16 year Anniversary: $92,477 annually.
* These numbers are based on the 2014-2015 salary figures.
Listed below are the pay incentives you receive in addition to your base salary. If the officer possesses additional specialties from the list below, their base salary increases substantially per year.
Crisis Intervention Officer: $175 monthly
Bi-Lingual Pay: $175 monthly
Shift Differential Pay (Shifts that start after 2 PM): $300 monthly
Field Training Officer (Eligible after two years): $175 monthly
Education Pay (only one of the following):
Associates Degree or 60+ college credits: $100 monthly
Bachelors Degree: $220 monthly
Masters Degree: $300 monthly
Master Peace Officer Certificate: $150 monthly
Longevity Pay: Paid every year on the anniversary of graduation in the amount of $107 per year of service (e.g., 5 years = $535)
Clothing allowance for select units: $500 per year
Health, dental and retirement benefits start the first day of the academy.
Military Leave: 15 days annually
Emergency Leave: 40 hours annually
Personal Holidays: 16 hours annually
Holiday Leave: 80 hours annually
Sick Leave: 145 hours accrued yearly
Vacation Leave: 150 hours annually
Tuition Reimbursement: $2,000 per year
Court Overtime: Minimum 4 hours
Dental Plan/Vision Plan
Patrol Officers work 4 ten hour days with 3 days off
Long Term Disability Insurance
Uniforms and associated equipment provided (including firearms)
You qualify for a pension with the Austin Police Retirement System after successfully completing a minimum of 23 years of service with the Austin Police Department, regardless of your age. Your pension is based on the numbers of years of service at a multiplier of 3.2% per year. There is currently no maximum cap on the percentage you can earn.
[Years of Service] X [Multiplier (3.2%)] = Percentage of Base Salary.
An officer who works 23 years will make 73.6% of their base salary (23 x 3.2% = 73.6%).
An officer who works 25 years will make 80% of their base salary (25 x 3.2% = 80%).
An officer who works 30 years will make 96% of their base salary (30 x 3.2% = 96%).
Military personnel are eligible to purchase an additional 2 years into the retirement system. This purchase does not count towards the required 23 service years you must do but will get added to your multiplier for pension purposes.
For example, an officer who works 23 years and purchases 2 years of military time:
23 service years + 2 military years = 25 pension years.
25 x 3.2% = 80% of their base salary.
Compared to most police departments in Texas and the United States our retirement system ranks as one of the best. Most police agencies offer a 20 year retirement at 50% of their pay.
The Austin Police Department also offers an optional Deferred Compensation Plan. This is an employee only contribution.