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 March 20, 2016

Police OfficersSergeants
Step 1
(new hire)
$3,425  
Step 2$3,589  
Step 3$3,761  
Step 4$3,941  
Step 5$4,129  
Step 6*$4,326Step 1$4,672
Step 7$4,533Step 2$4,896
Step 8$4,750Step 3$5,130
Step 9$4,977Step 4$5,375
Step 10$5,215Step 5$5,632
Step 11$5,464Step 6$5,901
Step 12$5,725Step 7$6,183
Step 13$5,999 Step 8$6,479
  Step 9$6,789
    

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 March 20, 2016

Firefighters (56 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly Rate*Annual Rate*
1 (new hire)$11.75$3,259$39,108
2$12.57 $3,486 $41,832 
3$13.45 $3,730 $44,760 
4$14.39 $3,991 $47,892 
$15.40 $4,271 $51,252 
$16.48 $4,570 $54,840 
$17.63 $4,889 $58,668 
$18.86 $5,231 $62,772 
$20.18 $5,597 $67,164 
10$21.59$5,988$71,856
Paramedics (56 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly Rate*Annual Rate*
1 (new hire)$12.57$3,486$41,832 
2$13.45 $3,730$44,760 
3$14.39 $3,991 $47,892 
$15.40 $4,271 $51,252 
$16.48 $4,570 $54,840 
$17.63 $4,889 $58,668 
$18.86 $5,231 $62,772 
$20.18 $5,597 $67,164 
9$21.59$5,988$71,856
Paramedics (40 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly RateAnnual Rate
1 (new hire)$19.11$3,312 $39,740
2$20.44 $3,544 $42,522 
3$21.87 $3,791 $45,497 
4$23.41 $4,057 $48,689 
$25.05 $4,342 $52,098 
$26.80 $4,645 $55,735 
$28.67 $4,969 $59,633 
$30.68 $5,317 $63,806 
$32.82 $5,689 $68,263 
 
Fire Medics (56 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly Rate*Annual Rate*
1 (new hire)$12.69$3,519$42,228
2$13.58 $3,766$45,192 
3$14.53 $4,030 $48,360 
4$15.55 $4,313 $51,756 
$16.64 $4,615 $55,380 
$17.80 $4,937 $59,244 
$19.05 $5,283 $63,396 
$20.38 $5,652 $67,824 
$21.81 $6,049 $72,588 
10$23.34$6,473$77,676
Lieutenant/EMS (56 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly Rate*Annual Rate*
1$16.64$4,615$55,380
2$17.80 $4,937 $59,244 
3$19.05 $5,283 $63,396 
4$20.38 $5,652 $67,824 
$21.81 $6,049 $72,588
$23.34 $6,473 $77,676 
Lieutenant/EMS (40 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly RateAnnual Rate
1$25.29$4,384$52,611
2$27.06 $4,690 $56,282 
3$28.95 $5,019 $60,226 
4$30.98 $5,369 $64,433 
$33.15 $5,747 $68,959 
$35.48 $6,149 $73,792 
Fire Lieutenant/EMT (56 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly Rate*Annual Rate*
1$22.67$6,287$75,444
2$23.80 $6,601 $79,212 
Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic (56 hour workweek)
Step Hourly RateMonthly Rate*Annual Rate*
1$24.51$6,797$81,564
2$25.74 $7,139 $85,668 
Fire Inspector 
Step Monthly RateAnnual Rate
$3,259$39,108
2$3,486 $41,832 
3$3,730 $44,760 
4$3,991 $47,892 
$4,271 $51,252 
$4,570 $54,840 
$4,889 $58,668 
$5,231 $62,772 
$5,597 $67,164 
10$5,988$71,856

*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 $3,364. 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 $3,425. 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$3,364
Step adjustment
Rate of pay after city elects to increase all steps by 1.75 percent
$3,425
Step progression increase
Rate of pay upon Smith reaching her first anniversary date
$3,589