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Old 06-03-2019, 11:29 PM
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Who are the top paying agencies in the Bay Area?
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:16 AM
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Probably none you want to work at these days...

Have you perused the employment ads at PORAC to get a rough idea of base salaries at least to start?
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Old 06-04-2019, 4:26 AM
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Who are the top paying agencies in the Bay Area?
Call them and find out their daily rate for missionary. I hear anal nets a bonus.
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Old 06-04-2019, 7:21 AM
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This is one of those questions you need to research yourself.
You also need to learn more about each agency should you decide to go for them.
The pay scales are different based upon your qualifications.
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Old 06-04-2019, 9:02 AM
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You have to decide what size agency you want to work for, because SFPD, and OPD are going to be very near the top for PD's. San Mateo SO had it in their contract that they would be be the highest paid SO out of the 9 traditional Bay Area counties. I don't know if they still have that clause in there though.

I'd strongly suggest instead of thinking about money, decide on a few agencies that you'd like to work for, due to working condition's and opportunities for advancement and specialized position's, stability of the agency and most importantly retirement. SFPD retiree's have been screwed over getting their retirement changed without representation more than once.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:32 PM
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Not sure about today, but back in the old days Santa Clara PD was on top.

But pay isn't everything....need to look at benefits (retirement, medical & etc) , working conditions, residential costs (for you), schools (if you have kids), commute times, & etc. I'll mention this as an old retired LEO....medical is probably THE most important item upon retirement.
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Old 06-04-2019, 4:02 PM
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If you want to be in the south, I saw yesterday that Glendale PD is paying $82,787 to $108,204 as base pay for police officers, with good benefit package. I think they are hiring now.
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BART. Check their pay tables.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:51 PM
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Thx oddjob, medical is extremely important and agencies are cutting back. Enjoy your retirement!
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:53 PM
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Thx Skip Dog, BART seems to be offering higher pay than most but what are their deductions? I know they are doing lifetime med after 15 yrs of service!
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:51 AM
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Santa Clara PD pays pretty good from the people I know who are in and are applying. $120K+ a year after the academy.
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Old 06-07-2019, 2:43 AM
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Milpitas PD, San Mateo PD, and Santa Clara PD are the Ines on the top of my head.


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Santa Clara PD pays a lot for medical. San Mateo SO is tops for an SO but for top pay in San Mateo County (actually probably anywhere) its Redwood City PD.
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Don't know about actual pay $, but state agencies pay 90% medical in retirement. I think the current vesting requires 10 years of state service.
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Are you even on with any Department right now? If not, that's something you should worry about instead first.

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Old 06-07-2019, 7:20 PM
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I can remember when the "Employment Opportunities" section in the back of Porac News was like 1/2 page.
My Porac News that arrived today has 7 pages of Agencies looking for officers - many with signing insentives of several thousand dollars!
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Santa Clara PD top step officer with longevity, B.A. degree, and POST advanced certificate is now $193K.
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"Top paying" is a complex concept, due to the differences in contracts regarding salary, incentives, hazard pay, retirement, and benefits.

Honestly though, unless it's absolutely critical to maintaining your life, I wouldn't be concerned with pay. I work for one of the highest paid agencies in the state, and probably the country, and the working conditions are horrible. There are several career moves I'd love to make, but the high pay is just a pair of "golden handcuffs."

Figure out what you want out of the job, then find the agencies that can help you achieve that, and then narrow it down to those whose pay is adequate for maintaining your lifestyle. The highest paid agencies are not always the ones where you'll get the most job satisfaction.
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If you’re chasing money, you’ll end up miserable. Having a Chief or Sheriff, as well as a DA’s office that has your back, and policies that show they all have your back are more important. All that money will be useless if you get sued or fired because you did one little that that’s not PC according to a “fairy dust and lollipops” administration...
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Recently ran into a nice guy leaving ALCo Sheriff for the city of Livermore. Had lots of positive things to say about LPD and looking forward to the jump.
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Some agencies have higher pay than others, but union fees vary depending on jurisdiction as some cities seem to cover them; the same goes for medical. Aside from that, some cities will pay for your intermediate and advanced POST day 1 if you have degrees. Lastly, some may have less than top pay, but you have all-you-can-eat overtime. Some agencies are fairly mellow and sleepy (some officers call their agency "Camp Snoopy") compared to other agencies where you're all go all the time. I never thought LE work would be so varied depending on adjacent agencies...and as many have said, morale is key.
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If you’re chasing money, you’ll end up miserable. Having a Chief or Sheriff, as well as a DA’s office that has your back, and policies that show they all have your back are more important. All that money will be useless if you get sued or fired because you did one little that that’s not PC according to a “fairy dust and lollipops” administration...
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