Pay Rates

Police officers, firefighters and certain other public safety positions have a separate compensation program, referred to as a Step Rate Plan.

An employee generally will hire in at Step 1 and move to successive steps on his/her anniversary date (after an annual performance review) until they've reached the top step. Once an employee reaches the top step, no further step progression increases will be available.

Step adjustments/Progression increases

Step adjustments: An increase in the employee base salary that is associated with an increase in the pay rate established for the assigned step.

Step progression increases: Assuming performance is satisfactory or above, an employee will receive an increase in his or her base salary associated with his or her progression to a higher step. The increase generally occurs at the time of their annual performance review.

Each Step Plan is reviewed annually to ensure the city's compensation for these positions remain competitive with the local market.

Police Department Step Rate Plans

(monthly gross salary)
Effective April 1, 2018

Police Officers Sergeants
Step 1
(new hire)
$3,590    
Step 2 $3,762    
Step 3 $3,942    
Step 4 $4,130    
Step 5 $4,327    
Step 6* $4,534 Step 1 $4,897
Step 7 $4,751 Step 2 $5,131
Step 8 $4,978 Step 3 $5,376
Step 9 $5,216 Step 4 $5,633
Step 10 $5,465 Step 5 $5,902
Step 11 $5,726 Step 6 $6,184
Step 12 $6,000 Step 7 $6,480
Step 13 $6,287  Step 8 $6,790
    Step 9 $7,115
       

Most police officers hire in at Step 1. There are circumstances where officers are hired in above Step 1 to account for the related experience they bring to the city.

*Police officers become eligible to apply for promotion to sergeant after the completion of five consecutive years of service as a police officer. Such a fifth-year promotion would move the officer to the first step of the Sergeants Step Pay Plan. Similarly, an officer in his/her eighth step would move to the Sergeants' step number 3 upon promotion.

Fire Department Step Rate Plans

Effective April 1, 2018

Firefighters (56 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate* Annual Rate*
1 (new hire) $12.31 $3,414 $40,968
2 $13.17 $3,652 $43,824
3 $14.09 $3,908 $46,896
4 $15.08 $4,182 $50,184
$16.14 $4,476 $53,712
$17.27 $4,790 $57,480
$18.48 $5,125 $61,500
$19.77 $5,483 $65,796
$21.15 $5,866 $70,392
10 $22.63 $6,276 $75,312
Paramedics (56 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate* Annual Rate*
1 (new hire) $13.17 $3,652 $43,824
2 $14.09 $3,908 $46,896
3 $15.08 $4,182 $50,184
$16.14 $4,476 $53,712
$17.27 $4,790 $57,480
$18.48 $5,125 $61,500
$19.77 $5,483 $65,796
$21.15 $5,866 $70,392
9 $22.63 $6,276 $75,312
Paramedics (40 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate Annual Rate
1 (new hire) $20.02 $3,469 $41,633
2 $21.42 $3,713 $44,551
3 $22.92 $3,973 $47,675
4 $24.53 $4,252 $51,026
$26.25 $4,551 $54,606
$28.09 $4,869 $58,425
$30.05 $5,209 $62,506
$32.15 $5,573 $66,872
$34.40 $5,962 $71,546
 
Fire Medics (56 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate* Annual Rate*
1 (new hire) $13.29 $3,686 $44,232
2 $14.22 $3,944 $47,328
3 $15.22 $4,221 $50,652
4 $16.29 $4,518 $54,216
$17.43 $4,834 $58,008
$18.65 $5,172 $62,064
$19.96 $5,536 $66,432
$21.36 $5,924 $71,088
$22.86 $6,340 $76,080
10 $24.46 $6,784 $81,408
Lieutenant/EMS (56 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate* Annual Rate*
1 $17.43 $4,834 $58,008
2 $18.65 $5,172 $62,064
3 $19.96 $5,536 $66,432
4 $21.36 $5,924 $71,088
$22.86 $6,340 $76,080
$24.46 $6,784 $81,408
Lieutenant/EMS (40 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate Annual Rate
1 $26.49 $4,592 $55,108
2 $28.35 $4,913 $58,961
3 $30.34 $5,259 $63,110
4 $32.47 $5,628 $67,534
$34.75 $6,023 $72,276
$37.18 $6,445 $77,338
Fire Lieutenant/EMT (56 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate* Annual Rate*
1 $23.76 $6,589 $79,068
2 $24.95 $6,919 $83,028
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic (56 hour workweek)
Step  Hourly Rate Monthly Rate* Annual Rate*
1 $25.68 $7,122 $85,464
2 $26.96 $7,477 $89,724
Fire Inspector 
Step  Monthly Rate Annual Rate
$3414 $40,968
2 $3652 $43,824
3 $3908 $46,896
4 $4182 $50,184
$4476 $53,712
$4790 $57,480
$5125 $61,500
$5483 $65,796
$5866 $70,392
10 $6276 $75,315

*Includes regularly scheduled overtime for those that work 56 hour workweeks

Step Pay Example:
Officer Smith, a new police officer, is hired on March 1 and is compensated at the Step 1 monthly rate, which is $3,590. On the beginning pay period for April 1, the city elects to adjust all steps by 1.80 percent, which increases the Step 1 monthly rate to $3,655. Officer Smith receives this "step adjustment," effective the beginning pay period for April 1. On her hiring date anniversary, Officer Smith is automatically moved to Step 2, coinciding with the completion of her first year of service.

This example assumes that Officer Smith maintains a satisfactory performance review.

Officer Smith's monthly salary adjustments

New hire rate of pay $3,590
Step adjustment
Rate of pay after city elects to increase all steps by 1.75 percent
$3,655
Step progression increase
Rate of pay upon Smith reaching her first anniversary date
$3,762