Scottsdale approves new pay scale, step system in effort to retain police officers

Sep 1, 2022, 2:00 PM

(Facebook Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)...

(Facebook Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)

(Facebook Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)

PHOENIX — Scottsdale recently approved a new pay scale and step system for police officers in an effort to be more competitive with other metro Phoenix departments.

The Scottsdale City Council approved the proposal, which called for increasing entry level pay to $66,768 and annual raises until the eighth year of service, during its Aug. 22 meeting.

“Having a competitive pay and benefits structure for sworn personnel will give the city an opportunity to retain these employees,” Scottsdale said in the proposal.

The city said it has 30 officer vacancies and attributed that in part to other departments offering better pay and benefits.

The system goes into effect Sept. 11.

The city said that nearly half of its officers — 47% — that resigned in fiscal year 2021-22 had less than four years of service.

Entry-level officers will make $32.10 an hour, surpassing Tempe ($32.04) and moving closer to Phoenix ($34.99), which also recently upped police pay. The increase is $1.70 an hour.

Officers will earn a raise of $13.07 per hour by the end of the eighth year. Annual pay will top out at $93,954.

The new system will cost the city $3.5 million for the remainder of the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Funding will come from salary savings, managed overtime and reserves set aside in the general fund.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...

Brandon Gray

Construction on The Shops at Lake Pleasant in Peoria underway

Construction on The Shops at Lake Pleasant in Peoria has started, the shopping center owner Vestar announced in a press release Friday. 

22 hours ago

(Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools)...

ADHS offering free drinking water lead screening for schools, child care facilities

The Arizona Department of Health Services is offering free drinking water lead screening opportunities for schools and child care facilities as part of a nationwide program.

22 hours ago

Arizona Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (Arizona State Legislature and Pixabay Photos)...

Brandon Gray

Arizona Rep. Stahl Hamilton violated House rules by hiding bibles, Ethics Committee finds

The Arizona House Ethics Committee released its findings Friday on an ethics complaint filed against State Representative Stephanie Stahl Hamilton.  

22 hours ago

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)...

Associated Press

Hobbs vetoes bill requiring schools to limit transgender students’ bathroom access

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation to restrict use of public school restrooms by transgender students.

22 hours ago

(Pexels Photo)...

Suspect arrested after allegedly fatally shooting Little Caesars coworker in Glendale

Police have arrested a suspect accused of fatally shooting a coworker in Glendale on Friday.

22 hours ago

Follow @suelenrivera...

SuElen Rivera

Tempe gets funding from Maricopa County to operate indoor cooling center

The city of Tempe received a grant from the state's most populous county to operate a new indoor cooling center in the East Valley.

22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Here are the biggest tips to keep your AC bill low this summer

PHOENIX — In Arizona during the summer, having a working air conditioning unit is not just a pleasure, but a necessity. No one wants to walk from their sweltering car just to continue to be hot in their home. As the triple digits hit around the Valley and are here to stay, your AC bill […]



Why drug-free weight loss still matters

Wanting to lose weight is a common goal for many people as they progress throughout life, but choosing between a holistic approach or to take medicine can be a tough decision.


OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

How to identify the symptoms of 3 common anxiety disorders

Living with an anxiety disorder can be debilitating and cause significant stress for those who suffer from the condition.

Scottsdale approves new pay scale, step system in effort to retain police officers