• ​$46,870.00 - Starting Pay
  • $50,470.00 - Starting Pay with four years college degree


Base Salary Ranges

Police Officer​

$46,870.00 - $74,172.00

Senior Corporal

$48,371.00 - $81,776.00


$56,598.00 - $89,558.00


$62,001.00 - $98,094.00


More Information on Salary/Benefits

Education Pay.  Officers with a bachelor’s degree receive $300.00 a 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 $200.00 per month. Officers with a TCOLE Master Certification receive $500.00 per month.

Language Skills Pay.  Officers fluent in Arabic, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chinese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, or Vietnamese receive $110.00 or $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 received $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 officers' 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 two in-network medical plans through Cigna.

  1. 70/30 Plan:  Member pays 30%, plan pays 70% after $3,000.00 (single) and $9,000.00 (family) deductible is met.

  2. 75/25 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Plan:  Member pays 25%, plan pays 75% after $2,500.00 (single) and $5,000.00 (family) deductible is met. 

  3. Also, the City of Dallas offers a prescription drug coverage plan, two dental plans through MetLife, and a vision plan (subject to yearly change).

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 received nine 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. Officers work the following shifts:

1st Watch

11 p.m. - 7 a.m​

​12 a.m. - 8 a.m.

2nd Watch​

7 a.m. - 3 p.m.​

​8 a.m. - 4 p.m.​

3rd Watch

3 p.m. - 1​1 p.m.

4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

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

Military Leave Days.  Officers who are members of the Armed Forces received 15 paid days of military leave per fiscal year.

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

Retirement.  A police officer for the City of Dallas is a member of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) which is a qualified defined benefit pension plan. Members of DPFP contribute 8.5% of their computation pay while the City of Dallas contributes 27.5% of total payroll.  Members are eligible to receive pension benefits when they attain age 55 and have completed 10 or more years of service. DPFP also offers a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).

Employee Savings Plans.  The City 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 senior corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant are based on competitive civil service exams. Promotions to major, deputy chief, and assistant chief are through appointment by the Chief of Police.





Dallas Police Department
Personnel Division
1400 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215
  • 214-671-4409  ​​
  • ​​800-527-2948​​