Salary, Benefits and Retirement


  • Academy pay is $35.97 an hour, until sworn in as a police officer
  • Police officer, starting step 1 salary $87,176
  • Police officer, top step salary $125,504 (one step increase annually for seven years)
  • Lateral police officer salary determined by experience, training and education


  • 4 day work week, 10 hours a day
  • 5% additional premium pay for certain specialized assignments
  • Overtime pay assignments
  • Off-duty secondary employment
  • City pays 85% of Kaiser medical plan / 95% dental plan
  • Domestic partnership benefits
  • Paid vacation of 80 hours to start, 180 hours maximum
  • Paid accrued sick leave of 96 hours annually
  • Uniform allowance pay
  • Bi-weekly bilingual pay
  • CALPERS reciprocity


Tier 1 (current employees)

Tier 2 (new employees)

Salary, benefits and retirement for the police officer position are subject to change based upon ongoing contract negotiations between the City of San Jose and the Police Officers Association.

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