Updated 12/2004

The U.S. Police Officer Compensation Survey

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The U.S. Police Officer Compensation Survey: #1 to #50

Rank City Index Salary Range
1 Pittsburgh, PA 144 $36,501 to $55,303
2 San Bernardino, CA 141 $53,424 to $77,112
3 North Las Vegas, NV 140 $46,745 to $67,152
4 Henderson, NV 137 $47,986 to $70,907
5 Columbus, OH 133 $36,358 to $55,682
6 Austin, TX 133 $42,246 to $74,762
7 Peoria, IL 133 $38,805 to $59,046
8 Reno, NV 130 $41,739 to $57,197
9 Las Vegas, NV 133 $43,819 to $68,742
10 Warren, MI 129 $43,948 to $69,123
11 Ontario, CA 128 $48,256 to $71,611
12 Elizabeth, NJ 125 $40,795 to $73,536
13 St. Petersburg, FL 124 $34,810 to $52,601
14 San Antonio, TX 124 $36,960 to $49,260
15 Dallas, TX 124 $41,690 to $67,879
16 Fort Wayne, IN 123 $37,490 to $42,191
17 Cincinnati, OH 122 $42,192 to $55,150
18 Lubbock, TX 122 $41,776 to $54,895
19 Omaha, NE 122 $32,256 to $51,072
20 Orlando, FL 119 $36,200 to $58,014
21 Naperville, IL 119 $48,209 to $67,749
22 Buffalo, NY 119 $45,733 to $59,950
23 Hayward, CA 118 $69,326 to $94,598
24 Portland, OR 117 $37,794 to $61,922
25 Oklahoma City, OK 116 $40,396 to $58,058
26 Tacoma, WA 116 $43,680 to $66,373
27 Fort Lauderdale, FL 116 $40,394 to $60,216
28 Riverside, CA 114 $53,224 to $74,882
29 Plano, TX 114 $48,878 to $61,167
30 Sterling Heights, MI 113 $38,288 to $62,029
31 Spokane, WA 113 $35,893 to $62,285
32 Arlington, TX 113 $40,333 to $56,778
33 Aurora, IL 113 $52,570 to $65,387
34 Des Moines, IA 113 $41,605 to $54,181
35 Rochester, NY 112 $39,078 to $59,325
36 Pasadena, TX 112 $38,610 to $56,858
37 Dayton, OH 112 $43,408 to $52,743
38 Toledo, OH 112 $41,933 to $51,901
39 Tampa, FL 111 $39,270 to $71,094
40 Aurora, CO 111 $40,456 to $69,374
41 Alexandria, VA 111 $37,099 to $66,160
42 Sunnyvale, CA 111 $71,242 to $93,927
43 Laredo, TX 111 $40,914 to $54,350
44 Salt Lake City, UT 111 $31,425 to $50,568
45 Lansing, MI 110 $35,792 to $55,095
46 Mesquite, TX 110 $45,084 to $57,540
47 Denver, CO 110 $39,144 to $66,276
48 Kansas City, MO 110 $38,304 to $56,028
49 Overland Park, KS 110 $37,020 to $61,836
50 Irving, TX 110 $42,900 to $57,492

 

 

Information source: policepay.net a service of  Ronald J. York, CPA

 

Click here for 51-100

 

How is the "Index" determined and how can a department with a larger salary be ranked below one with a much lower pay range?

 

The "Index" is what makes the salary survey from policepay.net so unique. The index is based on a formula that combines pay with time off, over a 30-year period, and then is adjusted by the local cost of living. I think this is a very clever approach that makes a great effort to look beyond the raw salary numbers and really value the entire benefit package over the period of a typical police career. In fact when you visit policepay.net you will notice that salary figures and the index number are not displayed on the same page, which is true to the philosophy that compensation is about much more than the gross pay. (At the risk of confusing that point, I have included the salary range so you can see exactly what it is.)

 

Want a more detailed explanation of the Index?

 

The index measures total compensation over a 30-year career and divides this figure by the total hours required to earn this compensation. An officer with an average annual total compensation of $50,000 per year would earn $1,500,000 over a 30-year career. If he was required to be on the job an average of 1,800 hours per year, his total hours would be 54,000 over the 30-year period, Dividing $1,500,000 by 54,000 hours yields an average hourly rate of $27.78. This would be the average hourly compensation for each hour on the job.

 

What's included?

Included for total compensation are base pay, longevity pay, holiday pay, shift differential pay, uniform allowance, employer's pension contribution, employer's group insurance contribution, employer's FICA contributions and any other compensation that all employees receive. Education pay, bi-lingual pay, special duty pay, etc. are not included. Total work hours are calculated by subtracting vacation hours, sick leave hours, holiday hours and any other paid leave that all employees receive from normal hours, usually 2,080 per year. Some paid leave such as funeral leave and military leave are not included.

 

One final adjustment

 If the cost of living index numbers for such places as New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco were measured at the core of the cities they would show rather astronomical costs. It is doubtful these would be the costs incurred by the police officers in those departments. To mitigate this effect the cost of living numbers for the areas surrounding these cities have been used. This may not be perfect, but it makes more sense than using the down-town Manhattan rate. The ending hourly rate is converted into an Index with 100 representing the average of departments currently in the survey.

 

Still want more?

 

Visit www.policepay.net

This site is a literal wealth of information that includes much more detail on each department's benefit package, including downloadable copies of most of the actual negotiated contracts.

 

Click here for departments 51-100 in the survey

 

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