Salary and Benefits

South Burlington Police DepartmentWhile we boast one of the newest police facilities in Vermont, with open work spaces, a modern fleet and loads of community support, we believe the most important resource we have are our sworn and civilian staff that make up the South Burlington Police Department.  SBPD is committed to attracting and retaining the best officers, dispatchers and support staff.  Below are many of the salary and benefit details afforded to our team.

SALARY
  • Entry level officers with no previous experience / Step 1 - $52,981 (FY22)
  • Previous years of law enforcement service are considered, potentially increasing the starting rate
  • Salary and benefits accrue while in the Vermont Police Academy
  • Step increase plus cost of living adjustment awarded annually
BENEFITS
  • Annual leave:
    • 0-3 years of service - 10 days leave
    • 4-10 years of service - 15 days leave
    • 11-17 years of service - 20 days leave
    • 18+ years of service - 25 days leave
  • 136 hours of sick leave accrual per year with no maximum
  • 12 hours of personal leave per year
  • Compensatory time accumulation of up to 240 hours per year
  • Automatic pay grade increase after seven years of 7%
  • Educational leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Military leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Health insurance (premiums paid by the City, 10% employee contribution)
  • Health Savings Account (with City contribution)
  • 100% paid dental insurance 
  • Vision plan
  • Defined benefit retirement - VMERS Group C
  • $50,000.00 Life Insurance (100% paid by the city)
  • Short Term Disability (100% paid by the city)
  • Physical fitness incentive plan
  • College tuition reimbursement plan
  • Deferred Compensation (457) plan
  • All duty equipment and uniforms provided at no cost (uniform cleaning also provided at no cost)
  • Premium pay categories including
    • Shift differential
    • Paid holidays
    • Call-out pay
    • Court appearance pay
    • Extra duty pay
  • Multiple specialized rotating assignments:
    • Traffic Safety
    • Detectives
    • School Resource Officers
    • Police Canine (K-9) Handler
    • Drug Task Force
    • Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations