Compensation and Benefits

Compensation

Police Recruit:
Salary during academy: $22.75 per hour
$1,200 academy graduation bonus

Police Officer:
Salary Range: $5,020 - $7,141 per month
1% base salary increase effective the first full pay period in July 2012.

Retirement and Employee Benefits

Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)

    • 3% @ 50 Retirement Formula
    • 9% Employee Contribution paid by the employee
    • One Year Final Compensation
    • Sick Leave Service Credit
    • Post-retirement Survivor Credit
    • Third Level 1959 Survivor Credit
    • Military Service Credit
    • Survivor Continuation
    • Additional Service Retirement Credit
    • Employer-paid Member Contribution (EPMC) included as Special Compensation 
     

Additional Retirement Credit Purchase Options

  • Buy additional Service Retirement Credit
  • Service Credit for unused Sick Leave
  • Buy additional Military Service Credit

Service Pay
$3000 annually for each employee who completes twelve continuous years of City service.

Health Insurance

Medical: For family coverage, the City agrees to pay 75 percent of the medical insurance premium, not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of the PacifiCare HMO plan.
For two-party coverage, the City agrees to pay 85 percent of the medical insurance premium, not to exceed 85 percent of the cost of the PacifiCare HMO plan.
For single coverage, the City agrees to pay 100 percent of the medical insurance premium, not to exceed 100 percent of the cost of the PacifiCare HMO plan.
Dental: For family coverage, the City agrees to pay 75 percent of the dental insurance premium not to exceed 75 percent of the cost of the Delta Preferred PPO premium.
For two-party coverage, the City agrees to pay 85 percent of the dental insurance premium not to exceed 85 percent of the cost of the Delta Preferred PPO premium.
For single coverage, the City agrees to pay 100 percent of the dental insurance premium not to exceed 100 percent of the cost of the Delta Preferred PPO premium.
Vision: For family coverage, the City agrees to pay 75 percent of the vision insurance premium.
For two-party coverage, the City agrees to pay 85 percent of the vision insurance premium.
For single coverage, the City agrees to pay 100 percent of the vision insurance premium.

Short/Long Term Disability

Basic Life Insurance
$50,000 life insurance and $50,000 A D & D insurance is paid by the City.

Voluntary Life Insurance
Optional coverage. Up to six times annual salary (maximum $300,000) may be purchased by employee. Spousal coverage up to employee maximum. Dependent coverage up to $10,000.

Deferred Compensation-457
Voluntary participation – employee-paid.
457 ICMA Deferred Comp Plan

Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary participation – employee-paid.
Health Care Spending Account – maximum annual deferral is $4,000.
Dependent Care Spending Account – maximum annual deferral is $5,000.
Transportation and Parking Plan, $105 maximum per month for transportation and $230 maximum per month for parking.

Employee Assistance Program
The CIGNA EAP is paid for by the City.
Available to all members of your household
6 free confidential counseling visits per incident
Self-service support online or by phone

Tuition Reimbursement
Equivalent to the per unit rate at San Diego State University for approved job-related classes or as part of a curriculum leading to an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.

Vacation
First through fifth year: 10 days
Sixth– fifteenth year increases one day per year: 20 days
Twenty-plus years: 25 days

Holidays
Effective July 1, 2008, employees will be credited with 56 hours of holiday credit on January 1st and July 1st of each year in lieu of designated holidays for a total of 112 holiday hours annually.

All such holiday credit between January 1 and June 30 shall be utilized by June 30 or the employee shall be paid for such hours at the employee’s current hourly rate of pay. All such holiday credit between July 1 and December 31 shall be utilized by December 31 or the employee shall be paid for such hours at the employee’s current hourly rate of pay.

Employees may utilize accrued leave (excluding sick leave) on designed City holidays.

Bereavement Leave
Three days for death of employee’s immediate family member. Two additional days may be charged to sick leave upon approval.

Sick Leave
Unlimited Accrual:  12 days per year

Bilingual Pay
$100 per month for eligible employees who speak Spanish or Samoan and successfully pass a City-administered examination.

Uniforms
City will provide annual uniform allowance in the amount of $700.

Special Compensation

  1. MOTORCYCLE ASSIGNMENT
    Each officer assigned to motorcycle duty shall receive four hours of extra pay at his/her regular rate of pay for each week actually worked to compensate for storage and mainte¬nance of the motorcycle at their homes.
  2. CANINE ASSIGNMENT
    Each dog handler shall receive the equivalent of four hours of pay for each week at his/her regular rate of pay to compensate for training, grooming and care of the dogs. This will be in addition to actual training time at kennels in San Diego.
  3. FIELD TRAINING OFFICER
    Sworn personnel who hold a valid POST Field Training Officer's certificate shall comprise a pool from which the Chief of Police may select individual officers to serve as Field Training Officers on an as-needed basis. Effective the first full pay period in July 2008, for each week the officer is selected to serve as a Field Training Officer, that officer shall receive six hours of extra pay at the employee’s regular rate of pay to compensate for the added training officer’s functions and responsibilities.


Callback Pay
Whenever an employee is called back to work after he/she has left the worksite, the employee will receive time and one-half for the time actually worked or a minimum of two (2) hours at straight time, whichever is greater. Such callback pay minimum shall not apply for employees required to report to work two hours or less immediately preceding the start of a scheduled shift.

P.O.S.T. Pay
Intermediate POST: $100 per month.
Advanced POST: $250 per month.
Police Sergeants with Supervisory Certificate: $300 per month.

Court Pay
Minimum three hours pay at time and one-half if not on duty.

Veterans Preference
To be eligible applicants must: possess the National Defense Service Medal (given only in time of war); have served a minimum of 90 days active duty; and have been honorably discharged within the last eight years.