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Posted: 9/9/2010 7:05:41 PM EDT
Thinking of relocating in the next few years, so a lateral transfer would have to be considered.

How's this work out, and what do the salaries look like?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:09:27 PM EDT
Do you want to be a chef at a fast food place or an executive in a large company? I think we could use some more info.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:17:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 7:18:37 PM EDT by Plissken]
...well we're in the BOTS forum... kinda figured that one was obvious

I'm NYPD. Talking about the various TX PDs.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:23:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 7:23:28 PM EDT by JonLSU]
Back when i was looking into cop jobs( 4 years ago) most were paying 35-45k a year as a base salary. + whatever for college degree or if you spoke another language. Also it cost a hell of alot less to live in TX compared to NYC. If you have experience, I guess it depends on the department on how much more they will give you.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:23:49 PM EDT
You wouldn't likely be considered as a lateral for most departments because you would know nothing about Texas and have no prior police experience in Texas. You could challenge TCLEOSE to get a Basic license but again you might not qualify for a lateral application if the department requires three year and an Intermediate TCLEOSE certificate. Good patrol pay with several years on is $50,000 in my area.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:43:33 PM EDT
I live in South Cental Texas, and I can tell you what most of the Sheriff's Offices around here pay...since thats mostly where I am applying.

Hays County = bit over $40k

Fayette County = $38,500

Travis County Constable's Office = bit over $43k


PDs around me, salary taken from their website:

Austin PD = $52,374

San Marcos Police Department = $46,000

San Antonio Police Department = $44,136 - $60,120


Have any idea where you would like to settle? Panhandle? DFW? Houston? Central Texas?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:01:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 6:53:37 AM EDT by BiteDog]
I make $60K (I think ..... they say it's a sign of being happy if you don't know exactly what you make).

We start at $42Kish.

If you are a lateral transfer, we give you credit for your service time so you would start much higher.

ETA : No furlough days this budget year!
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:14:35 PM EDT
Our cadets graduate making right at 47k. Pay for an 5 yr Officer is right at 57k.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:30:44 AM EDT
WOW, you guys suck. I have been on for 6 years in a major metro area and I only make right at $30K a year, with a degree. I know they say we don't do this for the money but an additional 10-15k a year would be pretty freakin nice.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:40:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 8:34:50 AM EDT by planovet]
In my department (Dallas suburb), officers start out at $50,892 and top out at $68,208 in 5 1/2 years. The average salary is $69,138 (average salary based on total Police Officers for 2009 including incentive pays).

I think we have one lateral transfer from NY but I'm not sure how that went.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:42:33 AM EDT
My department is at 40k starting. Been with them 2 years and this year I should make right at about 46k. That is with 2k extra for having a degree and the rest from overtime. The cost of living in my area is low compared to most.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:22:19 AM EDT
It all really depends on where in Texas you want to be or end up. A small PD in BumFuck West Texas may only pay $25k-$30k/year. Where the same size small town in the DFW area may start out $35k-$40k/year. I'm in a very small town in southern Denton County which is one county north of the DFW area and I'm at about $53k/year Sgt. pay. I've just about doubled my starting pay from 11 years ago.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:59:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 7:59:31 AM EDT by jungp]
Don't come to Fannin county. Due to the budget cut, they don't even have money for gas for patrolling.
I believe a deputy starts at $19k working at county jail.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:38:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jungp:
Don't come to Fannin county. Due to the budget cut, they don't even have money for gas for patrolling.
I believe a deputy starts at $19k working at county jail.


WOW!!!!!.....thats rough.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:52:38 AM EDT
Caldwell County patrol deputies only make ~$25,000.

The running joke is the Caldwell County patrol captains become the new PD SGTs for the town I live in (~5,000 population, only 15 sworn officers). The PD SGTs make substaintial amount more than the County Captains.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 10:36:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jungp:
Don't come to Fannin county. Due to the budget cut, they don't even have money for gas for patrolling.
I believe a deputy starts at $19k working at county jail.


I had heard through the rumor mill from some other K-9 guys that Fannin County deputies were asked to park visibly at an intersection / side of the road and turn their engine off while they waited for a call?..... True?
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 11:10:22 AM EDT
Small city in Houston area, two years on with degree, making $55k.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 4:58:29 AM EDT
Texas is doing better than most in this economy. BUT...I'm starting to see indications of things slowing down a bit here as well.
Most of the larger agencies are continually hiring. But budgets for academy classes are getting trimmed.

If I were coming in from out of state, I'd first decide where in Texas I wanted to relocate to.(It's a BIG state) Then see what jobs are available in that area. Start dropping apps, and talking to recruiters.

Agencies are hiring here.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:08:36 AM EDT
Federal salaries: Dallas, Houston

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