Wages and Benefits
Entry Wage $64,409 + $5,000 in bonuses
Lateral Range $64,409 - $89,039 + $10,000 in bonuses
Lateral Officer starting wages will be determined at the time of hire by considering the following criteria:
- Experience as a current certified law enforcement officer
- Size of jurisdiction of prior service
- Level of education
- Type & number of certifications
- Current rate of pay
Officers who hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university receive a premium of 2% of Top Step Police Officer wage, paid in equal installments each pay period.
Permanent full-time officers are eligible for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage the first of the month following thirty days of eligible service. Ninety-five percent of the costs of medical, dental, and vision coverage are paid by the City.
Read more about Health Insurance at the Bureau of Human Resources website.
Beginning Annual Paid Leave
- 9 Annual Holidays
- 4 Personal Days
- 104 hours Sick Leave
- 80 hours Vacation Leave
- When authorized and upon successful completion of probation, new officers may receive a one-time credit of 40 hours of vacation.
- When authorized and upon successful completion of probation, new police officers may be credited for prior professional service by placement at the appropriate step of the vacation accrual table.
Vacation Accrual Schedule:
- For vacation benefits:
- Upon completion of probation, and when authorized by the Commissioner-in-Charge, a new Lateral Police Officer may be credited for prior professional law enforcement service by placement at the appropriate step of the vacation accrual table.
- Upon completion of probation, and when authorized by the Commissioner-in-Charge, a new Lateral Police Officer may receive a one-time crediting of 40 hours of vacation.
· Available hiring bonuses and their payout schedule.
|INCENTIVE BONUS||Entry Officer||Lateral Officer|
|Amount at Swear-In||$1,000||$2,000|
|Amount at End of Probation||$1,000||$2,000|
|Amount After Completion of 3 Years of Service||$3,000||$6,000|
Basic Life: $50,000 (City pays entire cost)
Supplemental Life: Up to $500,000 can be purchased by member.
Supplemental Life (Spouse or Domestic Partner): Up to $300,000 can be purchased by member.
Supplemental Life (Children): Up to $25,000 can be purchased by member.
Read more about Life Insurance at the Bureau of Human Resources website.
Retirement Plan Options
The Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) Pension Program is funded by public employers in Oregon and provides a lifetime pension. It is designed to provide approximately 45% of your final average salary at retirement (for a police member with a 25-year career).
The Individual Account Program (IAP) is a second part of the retirement plan. The City pays 6% of a member's salary into the member's IAP account. The account is credited with earnings (or losses) annually based on investment returns. The IAP is estimated to pay approximately 15-20% of the member's final average salary (for a 30-year career) based on an 8% investment return each year.
Note: Officers do not pay into Social Security (approximately 7% of wages).
Read more about Retirement Plan Options at the Bureau of Human Resources website.
Deferred Compensation Plans
The City of Portland’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary plan to help individual members save for retirement on a pre-and post-tax basis. Plans are administered by Voya Financial or Advantis Credit Union. Investment returns are not guaranteed.
Read more about Deferred Compensation Plans at the Bureau of Human Resources website.
In addition to career development opportunities, competitive salary, health care benefits, life insurance, incentive pay programs, and retirement plans, there are additional personal benefits to becoming a police officer in Portland, Oregon: