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Salary and Benefits

2022 ENTRY-LEVEL SALARIES:

Year 1, Grade IV: $59,286
Year 2, Grade III: $64,624
Year 3, Grade II: $72,001
Year 4, Grade I: $79,558
Year 5, Grade I(B): $88,298
Year 6, Grade I(C): $95,703

2022 LATERAL ENTRY SALARIES:

The Aurora Police Department is offering a hiring bonus of up-to $15,000 which includes a $6,000 hiring bonus, a $4,000 retention bonus and up-to $5,000 in moving expenses if you relocate to the city of Aurora. 

An applicant hired under the lateral entry program will enter the academy classified as a Police Officer grade to be determined by his or her years of service.

3 years of service:
Entry into the Academy: $72,001
After completion of Academy: $79,558
After completion of 1 full year: $88,298

4 years of service:
Entry into the Academy: $79,558
After completion of Academy: $88,298
After completion of 1 full year: $95,703

5 years of service:
Entry into the Academy: $88,298
After completion of Academy: $95,703
After completion of 1 full year: $95,703 

Lateral Officers hired after Jan. 1, 2018, upon successful completion of the Police Academy, will be reclassified up one grade. If the Officer is already a PO-1st Grade, they will be reclassified to the next step in the 1st Grade as established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Upon the successful completion of the 1st full year of employment in the Civil Service, Lateral Officers hired after Jan. 1, 2018. will be reclassified up one grade. If the officer is already a PO-1st Grade, they will be reclassified to the next step in the 1st Grade as established by the CBA.


**Salary amounts are negotiated every two years which can result in cost of living pay raises.

You can find more detailed salary information in our applicant information guides.


UNIFORMS:

Uniforms and duty handguns are furnished by the department at no cost.

Officers receive a $1,000 body armor/vest allowance once every four years.

VACATION AND HOLIDAYS:

Vacation: 80 hours annually, increasing with seniority with a maximum of 200 hours annually.
Paid holidays: 9 days annually.
Personal leave: 28 hours annually.

SICK LEAVE:

120 Hours annually.

HEALTH INSURANCE:

Effective January 1, 2019, the city shall contribute an amount up to $1,441.18/month for family coverage, $1,083.96/per month for employee plus one, and $567.76/month for singular coverage toward the cost of the premium in a group health plan offered by the city to its employees.

DENTAL INSURANCE:

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the city will contribute an amount up to $45.96/month toward the cost of family or single coverage in either of the dental insurance plans offered by the city.

LIFE INSURANCE:

The city provides free life insurance which is one times salary (rounded to the nearest higher thousand of the annual salary) plus $1,000 dependent coverage. Supplemental and dependent insurance is available.

DISABILITY:

The city provides death and disability coverage through the Fire and Police Pension Association (FPPA).

RETIREMENT:

Officers and the city both contribute 12.5% bi-weekly into their retirement fund with 5-year vestment schedule. IRS qualified tax exempt retirement plans meeting 401A status can be rolled over when the candidate provides IRS determination letter, subject to approval of the retirement board. The city also offers a defined benefit option for retirement. To learn more about the different retirement options that are available to you, please click HERE.

For more information on our retirement plan, contact Jared Martin with the city of Aurora Police Money Purchase Plan at 303.221.5900 or e-mail the plan administrator.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION:

Officers will contribute 1% of their pre-tax salary, on a bi-weekly basis, into a 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan managed by Nationwide Retirement Solutions. 

Additionally Officers may tax defer a certain dollar amount of their post-tax salary, on a bi-weekly basis, into a Roth IRA account managed by Nationwide Retirement Solutions.

TRAINING:

Officers are required to attend 40 hours of in-service training annually. They are also eligible for job-related sponsored training.

2021-2022 Agreement between the city of Aurora and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #49 (contract).

If you would like additional information on the benefits that are offered by the city of Aurora, contact a recruiter and request a employee benefits guide or call the Human Resources Department at 303.739.7225.
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