Benefits & Salary

Memphis Police Officers are rewarded for their hard work and years of service with a competitive salary supported by health & retirement benefits. You can earn extra pay with the MPD if you qualify for lateral entry, college incentives, and/or educational benefits from the V.A. (Veterans Administration). Learn more below about your benefits and salary as a Memphis Police Officer.

Police Officer Salaries: (effective 07/01/2019)

Hourly Pay Period* Annually
Police Recruit (24 weeks of Training) $20.10 $1,607.80 $41,802.80
Police Officer II-P (One Year Probation) $21.50 $1,720.34 $44,728.84
Police Officer w/Bachelor’s Degree x 7.5%
1-2 years $23.91 $1,912.57 $49,726.82 $53,456.33
2-3 years $25.71 $2,056.87 $53,478.62 $57,489.52
3-12 years $28.35 $2,268.38 $58,977.88 $63,401.22
12+ years $28.91 $2,313.12 $60,141.12 $64,651.70

Police Officer-Lateral Salaries:

Hourly Pay Period* Annually w/Bachelor’s Degree x 7.5%
6 or 12 Weeks of Training + 1 Year $23.91 $1,912.57 $49,726.82 N/A
2-3 Years $25.71 $2,056.87 $53,478.62 $57,489.52
3-12 Years $28.35 $2,268.38 $58,977.88 $63,401.22
12+ years $28.91 $2,313.12 $60,141.12 $64,651.70

P.S.T. Salary: (effective 07/01/2019)

Hourly   Bi-Weekly   Annually 
$16.12 $1289.60 $33,529.60

*Monthly salaries are based on 26 pay periods per year.

City of Memphis Total Rewards

Employee Benefits Summary

On the date you are hired, you will become eligible for:

Health Insurance

Life Insurance – Contributory and Voluntary Coverage

No-cost Death Benefit Coverage

    • The City of Memphis offers a $10,000 death benefit to all regular full-time and retired employees at no-cost.
  • The City of Memphis offers a $250,000 “line of duty” death benefit to officers at no-cost.

Dental Insurance Options (Individual & Family)

  • Met Life – City of Memphis plan
  • Lincoln Dental Connect – Memphis Police Association plan

Vision Coverage Options (Individual & Family)

  • BCBST Vision – City of Memphis plan
  • Davis Vision – Memphis Police Association plan

Supplemental Insurance

  • Colonial

Employee/Retiree Wellness Clinic

  • Zero cost medication and medical services offered to all City of Memphis employees, retirees, and their family members who have City of Memphis health benefits. The City of Memphis forged a partnership with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and BMG (Baptist Medical Group) to provide these quality services and to reduce employees’ overall healthcare cost.

TeleHealth Services

  • Zero cost service you can connect to with a board certified doctor via secure video chat or phone.
  • Nurseline
  • Physician Now
  • FAQ

Pension Plan

  • City of Memphis Hybrid Pension Plan – combined benefits of a traditional defined retirement benefit plan with the benefits of a defined contribution plan. 
  • The City of Memphis Hybrid Pension Plan is a market based cash balance plan and a 401(a) defined contribution plan, designed as an opportunity to earn more money for retirement.
  • Mass Mutual

Deferred Compensation / 457(b) Plan

  • Mass Mutual
  • The deferred compensation plan is a supplemental retirement plan that allows employees to save money on tax-deferred basis.
  • An optional employee tax deferred retirement savings plan that can voluntarily be added to the Hybrid Pension balance to increase the amount of the guaranteed lifetime monthly annuity the employee will receive.

FSA (Flexible Spending Account) / HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangement)

Long Term and Short Term Disability Plans


  • You may retire after 25 years of service with the Memphis Police Department.


Paid Leave

Vacation Time:

Years of Service Days of Vacation
0-5 10
6 11
7 12
8 13
9 14
10 15
11 16
12 17
13 18
14 19
15-16 20
17-18 21
19-20 22
21-22 23
23-24 24
25+ 25

Bonus Day 

  • Quarterly, you can earn 8 hours of paid time off for perfect attendance and other annual awards.


  • 13 days of Holiday Pay is granted for all police officers each year.

Accumulated-Time Benefit Pay

  • Earned and accrued at a rate of 1.5 accumulated time per hour

Sick Leave

  • Sick leave is accrued monthly from your date of hire.
  • Sick Leave Bank – Time sharing

Military Leave/Benefits

  • Officers are allowed 20 PAID working days per year to attend their military obligation.
  • Deployment of 1 year + (based on orders); receive monthly military supplement pay of $800.00.
  • Eligible for promotion benefits that are administered during deployment.
  • Eligible to bid for other positions while deployed.
  • Seniority and time of service with the Department continues while deployed.
  • Military Kicker Program (see info and chart below)

Other Leave of Absence

  • Officers may receive other paid leave such as bereavement and family medical leave for approved circumstances.

Additional Pay, Incentives & Professional Development 

College Education Incentive Pay

  • You can earn additional pay by completing college level courses beyond the minimum 54 semester hours required. Officers will earn an extra 5% pay for 85 or more semester hours and 7.5% pay for a 4 year degree.

College Tuition Reimbursement

  • Offers $3000 annually to acquire higher education

Student Loan Reduction Program (

  • Offers monthly contribution with no lifetime maximum for as long as you are employed with the City of Memphis.
  • Provides extra student loan payments – by the City each month – helping you save time and money.
  • The platform, allow employees to see all of their student loans, repayment strategies, financing options, and the positive impact that the loan contributions make toward their financial wellness.

Public Safety Student Loan Debt Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

Police Officers with 10 years of service can eliminate 100% of their outstanding federal student loan debt.

Career Development Path

Opportunity to develop and improve law enforcement skills of officers in pursuit of career path objectives through various departmental assignments. Memphis Police has over 75 specialized units and assignments – department wide – to aspire for.

$2000 Sign-on Bonus for newly hired Fast Track & Lateral Transfer Officers

  • $1000 upon graduation of lateral training program
  • $1000 for completion of lateral probation
  • Re-hires are ineligible for sign-on bonus

Relocation Reimbursement Expense for out-of-area applicants

  • Up to $5000 to cover the cost for one-way moving expenses following acceptance of the final job offer.

Annual Uniform Allotment

  • $450 annually

Annual In-service P.O.S.T. Certification Supplement Pay

  • $600 annually
  • Earn Accumulated-Time Benefit Pay for days off

Overtime Pay

  • Shift overlay
  • Special Detail Work Assignments
  • Off-duty Court Appearances

Shift Differential Pay

  • For all employees who work a non-rotating fixed shift, the city will pay a shift premium for all time worked during the second and third shifts.
2nd Shift per month 3rd Shift per month
Police Officer II (probation) $19.62 $39.24
Police Officer II $22.70 $45.40
Sergeant $25.00 $50.00

After an employee has worked 6 consecutive months on either the second or third shift or combination thereof, and continues to be assigned to either a second or third shift, the shift differential rates will be:

2nd Shift per month 3rd Shift per month
Police Officer II (probation) $29.44 $58.86
Police Officer II $34.05 $68.10
Sergeant $37.50 $75.00

Service Incentive (Longevity) Pay 

  • All officers will earn incentive pay after 5 years of service.

Longevity pay shall be paid monthly according to the following schedule and rates:

  • 5 Years of Service   = 0.75% of Base Pay
  • 10 Years of Service = 1.00% of Base Pay
  • 15 Years of Service = 1.25% of Base Pay
  • 20 Years of Service = 1.50% of Base Pay
  • 25 Years of Service = 1.75% of Base Pay

Court Pay

  • Overtime Pay or Accumulated-Time Benefit Pay

Out of Rank Pay

  • Temporary or Special Assignments

Hazardous Duty Pay

Covers the following duties and assignments – Certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT); Hostage Negotiation Team; Motorcycle Squad; Bomb Technician Unit; Dog Squad; and Crime Scene at a pay rate of:

  • Annually  = $780.00
  • Monthly  = $65.00
  • Bi-weekly = $30.00
  • Hourly = $0.375

Field Training Officer (F.T.O.) Pay

Bilingual Pay

Officers competent in speaking, reading and writing in a language other than English will be compensated as follows (Sign-language may also be considered as a non-English language):

  • Annually  = $900.12
  • Monthly  = $75.01
  • Bi-weekly  = $ 34.62
  • Hourly  = $ 0.4327

Annual PFIP (Physical Fitness Incentive Program)

  • Earn Accumulated-Time Benefit Pay for days off

Employee Referral Incentive Pay

  • Earn up to $2000 per Police Recruit referral

CONCERN EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

  • Unlimited confidential counseling sessions for employees and anyone living with an employee.

Employee Perks

  • Various Merchants

Military “Kicker Program”

  • The Memphis Police Department Training Academy (MPDTAfacility code # 10006742) is a state approved agency – by the Department of Veterans Affairs – to offer extra pay incentives for police recruits with educational benefits, during their academy training as well as the 12-month probationary period after graduation.
  • Military personnel can earn up to an additional $1,561.00 per month, if eligible for the maximum benefit amount under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33) Educational Benefits program.
  • Eligible Reservists, National Guard members, and Veterans can receive – up to a maximum estimated benefit of $22,776.00 – during 18 months of On-the-Job Training with the MPDTA.

“Kicker Program” Benefits:

 (effective 08/01/2017) Extra Salary per month*
1st six months $1,561.00
2nd six months $1,265.00
Remaining months $970.00

* Monthly estimated benefits include housing allowance and book stipend.

Interested in Joining The Best in Blue? Contact one of our Recruiters.