"We are the best, because we have the best people. We have the best people, in part, because we have the best benefits."
Chief Chuck Jordan
Chief of Police
Tulsa Police Department
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Few smart people become police officers to get rich. But that doesn't mean the City of Tulsa, the Tulsa Police Department, and the Fraternal Order of Police skimp on our salaries and benefits. In fact, our robust, total compensation package is often a major deciding factor for our recruit applicants. Below you will see why.
Apprentice Police Officer
$49,211.14 - $ 73,591.44
$59,794.38 - $81,561.17
$66,992.85 - $85,588.88
$83,917.81 - $99,021.73
$95,529.62 - $112,604.54
$112,883.06 - $132,953.92
Officers are paid bi-weekly, based on a 40-hour work week.
Those who successfully test to enter a new rank before reaching the top pay level in their present rank, receive a minimum 5% raise over their current pay level.
*While attending the Academy, APO's receive bi-weekly paychecks.
TPD BENEFITS: VACATION & TIME AWAY
Holidays: Thirteen Holidays are observed annually.
Sick Leave / Funeral Leave: Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of 1 (one) day of each full calendar month of service, with a maximum of 150 days. After accrual of 120 days sick leave, days earned may be converted to vacation leave. Some sick leave may be used for necessary care or attending to immediate family members. Funeral leave upon the death of an immediate family member is granted with pay for up to 3 working days.
Vacation Benefits: The table below shows the number of hours earned per year based on number of years service on the Department.
TPD BENEFITS: INSURANCE & HEALTH
Medical Insurance: All officers are eligible for major medical insurance. The City pays 90% of the cost of medical and 100% of dental insurance for the employee and part of the medical for dependents. Academy Recruits also have access to medical insurance through the department.
Life Insurance: All employees receive a paid life insurance policy in the amount of two times their annual salary. (Note: A separate, immediate death benefit of $4,000 is paid by the state.) Life insurance is also available for dependents at a minimal cost to the employee. Academy Recruits also have access to medical insurance through the department.
Long Term Disability: The City of Tulsa also offers a Long Term Disability Benefit. If an employee is off work for more than 90 days, (due to illness or injury) 60% of their monthly salary can be paid for up to 24 months.
Workers Compensation / Salary Continuance: Accidental injuries arising in the course of employment with the City of Tulsa are covered under the guidelines of the Worker's Compensation Law of the State of Oklahoma. Generally, all reasonable and necessary medical expenses are paid, and weekly compensation payments are received during the period of time off work.
Injury Leave: A separate, highly-desirable benefit available to City employees is "Injury Leave". Instead of weekly compensation payments, Injury Leave provides full salary up to 180 calendar days for job-related injuries.
Mental Health Services: Free counseling and psychological assistance is provided.
TPD BENEFITS: RETIREMENT & COMPENSATION
Defined Benefits Retirement: Every officer is eligible for retirement benefits after 20 years of service, regardless of age. An officer becomes vested after 10 years of service. Benefits are 50% of an Officer's salary averaged over the highest salaried 30 consecutive months of the last 60 months of credit service. For service beyond 20 years, benefits increase 2.5% annually to a maximum of 75% after 30 years. An officer who terminates before being vested is eligible to have contributions returned.
Deferred Compensation: A Deferred Compensation Program is available to full time employees to shelter a portion of the gross annual salary from income taxes. The deferred income is placed into an investment fund handled through the City.
Comp Time: In lieu of overtime, TPD officers can earn up to 240 hours of compensatory time per year, with the option to sell back up to 80 hours per year. This compensatory time functions as paid leave.
Education Pay: Education pay commences upon graduation from the academy. Officers who have earned a bachelor's degree receive $100 per month incentive pay.
Equipment: Uniform, accessories, and equipment (including firearms) are supplied upon Academy graduation; thereafter, an annual uniform allowance of $850/year is provided.
Longevity Pay: Each Employee shall receive longevity pay of nine dollars sixty cents ($9.60) per month for each year of service from the Employee's date of hire. Longevity pay shall begin after the Employee has completed three (3) years of service, at the rate of twenty-eight dollars and eighty cents ($28.80) per month, and shall increase by nine dollars and sixty cents ($9.60) per month each year thereafter through the completion of twenty (20) years of service. Upon completion of twenty (20) years of service and each year thereafter, the employee will receive longevity pay at the rate of two hundred forty dollars ($240) per month.
Second Language Pay: Employees who show satisfactory completion of language proficiency reviews/testing as approved by the Chief of Police, shall be eligible for a monthly “second language incentive” of one hundred dollars ($100) per month. Second language incentive pay shall be available for Hispanic, Vietnamese and Sign Language proficiency. The number of employees eligible to receive such incentive pay shall be limited to one hundred (100) for Hispanic Language incentive pay, fifty (50) for Vietnamese Language incentive pay, and fifty (50) for Sign Language incentive pay as determined by management based on work unit needs.
Specialty Unit Equipment Pay: Depending on the specialty unit, you may receive additional equipment pay to cover the cost of necessary equipment and gear essential to the specialty unit function.
Take-home Vehicle: All Tulsa Police Officers are allowed to take their TPD vehicle home for free, provided they live within Tulsa city limits. For those officers who live outside of the Tulsa city limits, but within a forty (40) mile radius of the center of the Tulsa (41st & Yale), they can take their vehicles home for only a nominal fee.