Health, dental and retirement benefits start the first day of the academy.
Vacation Leave: 150 hours annually
Sick Leave: 145 hours accrued yearly
Exceptional (Holiday) Leave: ~80 hours annually
Personal Holiday: 16 hours annually
Military Leave: 15 days annually
Emergency Leave: 40 hours annually
Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $2,000 per year
Dental Plan/Vision Plan
Long Term Disability Insurance
Patrol Officers work 4 ten hour days with 3 days off. Days off rotate every 28 days.
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.
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.
* A cadet with full GI Bill benefits is eligible to receive benefits during the academy and probation period following graduation. View our Military/Veterans page for more information.