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    Hello, trying to get some insights on the Phoenix Police Department. Hoping there might be a few current officers roaming through this website who can answer my questions.

    i’ve been trying to look up total compensation for phoenix police officers. Can anyone tell me what the average total compensation take-home is with salary, overtime, etc. I know it varies significantly, but just trying to get an idea of what the average officer pay is a year and not just the salary portion.

    also wanted to know what the quality of life is like in the Phoenix area. I’m from the Midwest, just trying to get an idea of phoenix living.

  • #2
    Just use the posted baseline. Each person is different. If you can’t survive on the base pay, don’t bother.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ne.fitness View Post
      Hello, trying to get some insights on the Phoenix Police Department. Hoping there might be a few current officers roaming through this website who can answer my questions.

      i’ve been trying to look up total compensation for phoenix police officers. Can anyone tell me what the average total compensation take-home is with salary, overtime, etc. I know it varies significantly, but just trying to get an idea of what the average officer pay is a year and not just the salary portion.

      also wanted to know what the quality of life is like in the Phoenix area. I’m from the Midwest, just trying to get an idea of phoenix living.


      24.75 starting. I second shadow in just looking at base. I’m in the process and will be living paycheck to paycheck with my department until I pay over 70k in debt between loans and medical bills. So I feel you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
        Just use the posted baseline. Each person is different. If you can’t survive on the base pay, don’t bother.
        While this may seem a sarcastic response to some, way too many officers depend on overtime to support their regular lifestyles. Then when the overtime 'drys up', these same officers bitch and complain.

        Most police departments have overtime if you know how to use your handcuffs. A few in mine refuse to and then complain that there's no overtime.

        I know someone who works for PHX PD, who is at top pay and pulls in around 100k with court overtime and late radio calls.
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        • #5
          What is the turnover rate?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KrayJack View Post
            What is the turnover rate?
            You need to be a tad more specific... Are you saying during the academy? Post academy and on the streets? After 5 years? There is different trends depending on when in a newer officer's career they may decide "this isn't for me" or worse they are let go/fired.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BlueLinerAZ View Post

              You need to be a tad more specific... Are you saying during the academy? Post academy and on the streets? After 5 years? There is different trends depending on when in a newer officer's career they may decide "this isn't for me" or worse they are let go/fired.
              Meaning before the 5 year mark, typically do you have the newer officers leave for other departments in the valley?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KrayJack View Post

                Meaning before the 5 year mark, typically do you have the newer officers leave for other departments in the valley?
                My interactions with the RARE few that have left Phoenix PD usually went to smaller agencies and this was solely due to they just were suited for the rapid pace/fire that most of Phoenix's districts have for constant calls for service. Phoenix is a beast to say the least, it isn't a Los Angeles or Chicago but it is still a beast hands down.

                And honestly there isn't anything wrong w/ someone who still wishes to be in LE but just decides "this is overwhelming" and can't keep up with a department's rapid fire of calls in many of their districts. I've met and known some officers here in the valley metro area who went from Phoenix and DPS to agencies like Chandler and Gilbert and just excelled there where they were struggling before.

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