SAPD CAREERS

PAY & BENEFITS

SAPD Career Benefits

The San Antonio Police Department offers benefits that are competitive with other law enforcement agencies nationwide. Following graduation from the academy, starting salary is $50,664. The most recent graduating cadet class earned an average of more than $55,000 after completing their 14-week FTO training.

INCENTIVE PAY

The SAPD offers many incentive pay opportunities to recognize officers for their individual skills.

Night Differential $350 per month
Higher Education Up to $350 per month
TCOLE Certification Up to $240 per month
VA Certified VA certified for full-time Veterans Administration Education Benefits
Language $50 per month
Standby $157 per month

DEDICATED OFFICER INCENTIVE

In addition to skill-specific incentive pay, the SAPD also provides a number of added benefits to recognize the dedication officers provide to the city of San Antonio.

Health Insurance Health, Dental and Optical insurance for officer and family (premiums paid at 100 percent). Life insurance for officer
Accumulated Leave Vacation, Holiday, Compensatory, Sick, Bonus and Fitness. Military leave is available for reserve component
Leave Conversion The City will buy back / convert in pay or other forms of leave up to 15 unused sick leave days per year
Physical Fitness Administrative leave up to five days annually for maintaining physical condition
Clothing Allowance $480 upon graduation and $1,840.00 annually

CALCULATE SALARY

HIRING BONUSES

The SAPD is offering hiring bonuses!

  1. For new recruits, SAPD is offering a hiring bonus of $5,000 to applicants who are appointed to future cadet classes.
  2. $7,500 Hiring Bonus for Qualified Texas Peace Officers and Military Veterans. *


The hiring bonus is paid in two installments. Cadets must complete 80 hours of training to be eligible for the first installment which will be paid within 30 days of the academy start date. The second installment of the hiring bonus will be paid prior to graduation of the academy.

* Applicants have to have 2 years experience with patrol capacity. Must be within 180 days of employment.

OTHER BENEFITS
  • Promotion opportunities
  • Career advancement / specialization opportunities
  • Pension fund ranked one of the best in the nation
  • Incentive pay offerings
  • Excellent medical, dental and optical coverage
  • Paid time off
  • Clothing allowance
  • Potential four-day work week
  • Off-duty employment
  • Family-like culture
  • Job satisfaction / career fulfillment
PROMOTIONS

Officers become eligible for promotion after five years of service.  The list below gives monthly base salaries at various ranks.  The numbers do not reflect additional money earned through longevity, education pay, shift differential or other specialty pays.

Officer Detective Sergeant Lieutenant Captain
$4,222 $5,912 $6,716 $7,521 $8,630

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Insurance coverage is an important part of your benefits package. Insufficient coverage or poorly designed plans can significantly reduce your total benefits package. You’ll be happy to know that the City of San Antonio provides excellent insurance coverage for Medical, Dental/Vision and Life.

Officers have 2 excellent plans to choose from based off each officer’s personal need and preferences. The first is the Police Value Plan (PVP) that has a low monthly officer contribution and low co-pays. The second is the Police Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP), that has a $0 officer contribution with higher co-pays. With the CDHP the city provides a Health Savings Account(HAS) Contribution of $1,500 a year that the officer can use toward heath care related expenses.

Prescription benefits are provided for the officer and his family through the officer’s choice of insurance plan. Many at no or low co-pays for the member.

Monthly Contributions PVP CDHP
Employee Only $0.00 $0.00
EE & Spouse $75.00 $0.00
EE & Children $50.00 $0.00
EE & Family 125.00 $0.00
CO-INSURANCE In Network Out of Network
PVP 20% after deductible 40% after deductible
CDHP 0% after deductible met 0% after deductible met
Individual Deductibles In Network Out of Network
PVP – Individual/Family $500/$1000 $1500/$3000
CDHP – Individual/Family $3000/$6000 $4500/$9000
Individual Out of Pocket Maximum In Network Out of Network
PVP – Individual/Family $1500/$3000 $3000/$6000
CDHP – Individual/Family $3000/$6000 $4500/$9000

*Dental and vision benefits are provided to police officers and their families at no cost to the officer.
*All officers are covered with a life insurance policy equivalent to one year’s salary at no cost to the officer.

SAPD PENSION

The Fire and Police Pension Fund of San Antonio is a defined benefit public pension fund that guarantees retirement security for approximately 6,000 police officers, firefighters and their families — even during periods of economic volatility. At a time when many Americans are concerned about running out of money in retirement, members of the SA Fund remain confident about their futures because, unlike some pension funds across the country, the SA Fund is well-managed and fiscally sound by all industry standards due to its high funding ratio, high mandatory member contribution rate and conservative investment strategies.

The SA Fund‘s defined benefit structure provides benefits based upon the member’s earning history and length of service to the City of San Antonio.

Keep in mind pension benefits are available regardless of age. A 21 year old can retire at 51 with 30 years of service and receive an 86 percent pension for the rest of his or her life. Visit safireandpolicepension for more info.

Pension law indicates officers will be paid according to the following schedule:

YEARS OF SERVICE Percentage of Total Average Salary
20 45%
23 60%
25 70%
27 80%
30 88%
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