Salary & Benefits

Salary

NON-TCOLE-CERTIFIED APPLICANTS
If you do not have a Texas Peace Officer Certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), you will start out as a Police Cadet/Recruit. After you graduate from a Basic Peace Officer Academy and obtain your Texas Peace Officer Certification, you will be at Step 1 of the Police Officer pay scale. 

TCOLE-CERTIFIED APPLICANTS
If you already have a Texas Peace Officer Certification through TCOLE, your training and experience will be reviewed by the Chief of Police to determine eligibility for a lateral position. If approved, laterals with 3+ years of full-time experience will start at step 2, and laterals with 5+ years of full-time experience will start at step 3 on the Police Officer pay scale. The Police Chief shall make the final decision regarding whether lateral entries prior to years of service qualify.  

Out-of-State officers must be TCOLE certified to qualify for a lateral position. If not, you will be viewed as a NON-TCOLE-CERTIFED APPLICANT regardless of experience or years of service.

Step Plan Pay Scale Snippet 9.16

BENEFITS & COMPENSATION

  • Paid Time Off
    • 10 city-wide holidays, one floating holiday, your birthday 
    • Vacation Leave (can be taken after six months of employment)
      • 2 weeks per year up to 5 years of service
      • 3 weeks per year up to 10 years of service
      • 4 weeks per year up to 10 years of service
    • Sick Leave 
      • Accrues at one day per month of continuous employment. Can be taken after six months of employment
  • Certification Pay (only after probationary period)
    • Intermediate Peace Officer: $75 per month
    • Advanced Peace Officer: $100 per month
    • Master Peace Officer: $150 per month
  • Retirement
    • Texas Municipal Retirement System
    • 7% employee contribution: 2 to 1 City match
    • 5-year vesting; 20-year retirement
      • years of service for military (up to 5 years)
      • years of service for previous public service 
    • ICMA RC - 457 deferred compensation plan
  • Health Insurance
    • Group Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance and Long Term Disability - 100% city paid
    • Optional plans offered including short-term disability, additional life insurance
    • Dependent coverage available
  • Education
    • Work-Related Professional Association
    • Memberships & Professional Certifications
    • Licenses and Continuing Education
    • Tuition Reimbursement 

ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION

  • Bilingual Pay
  • Employee Assistance Program assists with financial, legal, and family matters
  • Longevity pay of $5 per month of employment after 1 year of service