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Salary and Benefits

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Salary & Benefits

The City of Kirkland Police Department is one of the best-paid departments in the State of Washington, with excellent benefits and generous incentives. Currently, we offer a $16,000 hiring bonus to new lateral police officers! The $16,000 hiring bonus is payable in three (3) separate installments:
  • $5,000 to be paid on the first paycheck following the officer's hire.
  • $5,000 to be paid after successful completion of the field training program.
  • $6,000 to be paid upon successful completion of the probationary period.

Rates and incentives for 2019 are:

Patrol Officer I Patrol Officer II Patrol Officer III Patrol Officer IV Starting Officer
$7,529 $7,069 $6,604 $6,252 $5,774

NOTE: Lateral entry officers start at Patrol Officer III or Patrol Officer IV pay grade depending on experience.

AA Degree BA/BS Degree Graduate Degree
1.0% 3.5% 4.5%
Detective Traffic Officer K-9 Handler Pro-Act Officer Training Officer, SRO, NRO
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Firearms Instructor Defensive Tactics Instructor SWAT (SRT or HNT)
1.0% 1.0% 1.0%
Physical Fitness Incentive* Accreditation Incentive Night Shift Differential**
1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

*NOTE: Employees shall be eligible for a physical fitness incentive as provided in the Kirkland Police Guild Labor Agreement.
**NOTE: A premium of 1 percent will be added to the monthly rate of pay for employees who are assigned to the patrol night shift.

Yrs 5 - 9 Yrs 10 - 14 Yrs 15 - 19 Yrs 20 - 24 25+ yrs
2.5% 4.0% 6.0% 8.0% 9.0%
VACATION (Hours per year)
Yrs 1 - 4 Yrs 5 - 7 Yrs 8 - 10 Yrs 11 - 13 Yrs 14 - 16 Yrs 17 - 19 20+ yrs
104 hrs 128 hrs 136 hrs 144 hrs 160 hrs 176 hrs 192 hrs

Twelve days per year. In addition, employees who actually work Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day are paid at a rate of one and one-half times the employee's hourly rate.

The City pays the full premium cost of medical/dental/vision plans for the employee and family (two medical plans to choose from). Flexible Medical Spending and Retirement Medical accounts are available.

Each officer is completely outfitted upon appointment and is provided replacements as needed. Uniform cleaning is provided free of charge.


Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters State Retirement Plan II (LEOFF II) is the current retirement system. Employees are eligible for vested retirement after five years of service and attainment of age 53, the amount equaling 2 percent of the final average salary for each year of service. The City's employees elected to withdraw from the Social Security system and invest in the Municipal Employee's Benefit Trust Fund (MEBT), which matches and exceeds the benefits under Social Security. Employee contributions are matched by the City. Upon retirement or separation, the employee is allowed to collect all of his/her trust fund contributions, plus the vested portion of the City's contribution. After seven years, the employee is fully vested in the City's matching contribution.

Here is the formula we will use to calculate your monthly benefit: Service credit months ÷ 12 x 2% x Final Average Salary* = Monthly Benefit * Average your monthly salary from the highest-paid 60 consecutive months in which you earned service credit. Usually, this is your last 60 months of service.

The City provides life insurance for the officer at a benefit of two times the officer salary.

Police Department
11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

General Inquiries
For police, fire, and emergency medical services, call 9-1-1
Non-emergency incident: 425-577-5656