The below listed salary figures are comparisons only for what a cadet, who successfully graduates to become a sworn Austin Police Officer could earn and are eligible to receive once they are deemed qualified to receive that yearly pay. Amounts will vary depending on what set of specialties or stipends each individual cadet is qualified to receive once they become sworn Austin Police Officers.
Cadet Starting Salary: $3,334.00 monthly salary for 8 months as a cadet. A cadet with full GI Bill benefits could earn up to an extra $1564 monthly during the academy. GI Bill benefits would also continue for an additional 3 to 4 months of Field Officer Training after graduation. Health, dental and retirement benefits startthe first day of the academy for the employee. Spouse, family and dependents are also covered under the employee benefits starting the first day of the academy.
Probationary Officer Salary: $56,397, an officer assigned to a shift starting after 2pm, is a Bi-Lingual interpreter and has a Bachelors Degree would earn $64,737 per year ($3,600 per year for shift differential, $2,100 for Bi-Lingual Interpreter and $2,640 for a Bachelors Degree). Amounts could vary for type of degree earned if any.
Police Officer 1 Year Anniversary Salary: $63,287 an officer with the same general description as the Probationary Officer, could also receive up to $71,627 with incentives.
Police Officer 2 Year Anniversary Salary: $69,851, an officer with the same general description as the 1 Year Officer but also receives Field Training Officer pay ($2,100 per year) and Crisis Intervention Officer pay($2,100 per year) could earn $82,391 per year.
The above figures do not include any departmental overtime received from late assignments, court appearances and voluntary assignments an officer may accrue during the year.
Listed below our current pay scales are the benefits received in addition to your base salary. If the officer possesses additional specialties from the list below, their base salary increases substantially per year.
Patrol Officers work 4 ten hour days with 3 days off
Sick Leave 145.92 hours accrued yearly
23 year retirement plan (3.2 multiplier)
Clothing allowance for select units $500
Uniforms and associated equipment provided (including pistols)
Associates Degree or 60 or more college credits $100 (monthly)
Bachelors Degree $220 (monthly)
Masters Degree $300 (monthly)
Master Peace Officer Pay $150 (monthly)
15 Military Days per year
Sick time buyback at retirement up to 1400 hours
Longevity Pay- $100 per year up to 25 years (yearly)
Deferred Compensation Plan
The Austin Police Retirement system pays a pension based on a minimum 23 years of service at any age for a full retirement. It is based on the following formula: Years of service (23) X multiplier (3.2%)= percentage of base salary (73.6%). Officers may stay additional years past 23 to accrue additional retirement funds with no limit. Military personnel are eligible to purchase an additional 2 years into the retirement system added on after 23 years of service with the Austin Police Department. 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.