$64,194 - Starting Pay (As of October 1, 2021)


Base Salary Ranges

Police Officer

  $64,194 - $84,465

Senior Corporal

  $81,828 - $92,211


  $94,516 - $101,783


  $104,328 - $112,350


More Information on Salary/Benefits

Tuition Reimbursement. Up to $1,500 per fiscal year in college tuition reimbursement for job applicable classes.

Education Pay.  Officers with a bachelor’s degree receive $300.00 per month.  Officers without a college degree but with college hours above the minimum required 45 semester hours receive $12 per month for every additional 3 hours college credit up to a maximum of $240.00 per month.

Certification Pay:  

  • Officers with a TCOLE Intermediate Certification receive $50.00 per month.
  • Officers with a TCOLE Advanced Certification receive $400.00 per month. 
  • Officers with a TCOLE Master Certification receive $600.00 per month.

Language Skills Pay.  Officers fluent in Spanish, Khmer, Cantonese, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Thai, or Vietnamese receive $110.00 to $150.00 per month depending on proficiency.

Shift Assignment Pay.  Officers assigned to an evening shift receive an additional 3.5% of their hourly base pay rate. Officers assigned to an overnight shift receive an additional 6.5% of their hourly base pay rate.

Patrol Assignment Pay.  Officers assigned to Patrol, Traffic, SWAT, Love Field Airport, and the Gang Unit receive patrol pay:

  1. Officers with 6 years of service $100.00 per month.

  2. Officers with 8 years of service $125.00 per month. 

  3. Officers with 10 years of service $150.00 per month.

Field Training Officer Pay.  Field Training Officers receive $100.00 per month.

Detective Assignment Pay.  Detectives receive $100.00 per month.

Overtime.  Officers have the option of receiving either overtime pay or compensatory time when working longer than their standard workday. The overtime rate will be one and one-half times the regular rate of hourly pay for all time worked over the officer's standard work day. Off-duty officers attending court are paid a minimum of two hours overtime.  Compensatory time will be accrued at one and one-half hours for each hour worked over the standard workday.

Medical Benefits.  The City of Dallas offers in-network health insurance plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

  • Vision benefits through Davis Vision
  • Dental benefits through Delta Dental
  • Prescription benefits through Prime Therapeutics

Sick Leave.  Officers accrue four hours of sick leave each bi-weekly pay period (80 hours) up to 12 days annually.

Vacation Leave.  Officers accumulate vacation leave based on their years of service. Vacation is earned each bi-weekly pay period (80 hours).

Years of Service​​​

Hrs. Per Pay Period

Annual Days (max)

1 - 4


15 days

5 - 8


17 days

9 - 14


18 days

15 - 18


20 days

Over 19


23 days

Holidays.  Officers receive twelve paid holidays per year.

Work Schedule.  Officers assigned to patrol duties work five 8 hour shifts with 2 days off, or four 10 hour shifts with 3 days off. Officers are assigned to a watch by seniority. Shift start and end times vary.

Longevity Service Pay.  Officers earn $4.00 per month for each year of service completed up to a maximum of $100.00 per month for 25 years of service.

Uniforms.  Officers are issued all uniforms, equipment, and firearms. Duty footwear is not issued. 

Retirement.  Officers for the City of Dallas are members of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) which is a qualified defined benefit pension plan. Members of DPFP contribute 13.5% of their compensation pay while the City of Dallas contributes 34.5% of base pay.  Members are eligible to receive full pension benefits when they attain age 58.  Members are vested after five years of service.  Members are eligible to retire and receive reduced pension benefits if at least one of the below criteria is met:

  1. Have at least 5 years service and at least 53 years of age.
  2. Have at least 20 years of service with any age.

Employee Savings Plans.  The City of Dallas offers a retirement savings plan 401(k) and a Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b). 

Life insurance.  The City of Dallas provides basic life coverage in the amount of $50,000.00 to full-time employees. Employees may elect to buy additional coverage up to 3X their annual earnings. (Subject to yearly change). 

Promotions.   Promotions to the ranks of Senior Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant are based on competitive civil service examinations. Promotions to the ranks of Major, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief are through appointment by the Chief of Police. 

Veterans & Military Personnel 

Military Leave Days.  Officers who are members of the Reserve Component of the Armed Forces receive 15 paid days of military leave per fiscal year. In addition, the City of Dallas offers flexible days off to our National Guard and Reserve officers to meet military training requirements. 

G.I. Bill®. Approved to train eligible veterans and their dependents under the GI Bill®. Eligible applicants may receive benefits during the 37 week Basic Training Academy and during the 24 week Field Training phase. Contact our Military Liaison, Senior Corporal Daniel Camacho #8537 , at 214-422-5289 for more information. 


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at




Dallas Police Department
Personnel Division
1400 Botham Jean Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215
  • 214-671-4409  ​​
  • ​​800-527-2948​​