Police Officer Compensation & Benefits Summary

Additional Pays

  • Shift Differential Pay: Non-probationary Officers with work schedule which begins between the hours of 4 p.m. and 12 midnight - $100 per month.
  • Educational Incentive Pay: At the highest degree level as follows: Associates Degree $50 per month, Bachelor’s Degree $75 per month and Master’s Degree $100 per month.
  • On Call: Officers assigned to Narcotics or to Criminal Investigations who are on call for one week in every other calendar month will receive $40 per month.
  • Bilingual Pay: Officers certified under standards established by the Chief and assigned to the bilingual program will receive $40 per month. The bilingual program includes Spanish and sign language for the deaf. Maximum is $40 per month.
  • Assignment Pay: Non-probationary Officers assigned to special assignments shall be compensated at $160 per month as follows (The maximum is $160 per month):

    • Canine handlers
    • Collision Investigation Team
    • Crime prevention
    • Criminal investigations
    • Crisis Negotiation Team
    • Downtown/outlet mall
    • Motorcycle or mental health officer
    • Narcotics
    • School resource
    • SWAT
    • Training/field training
  • Premium Holidays: Officers whose shift begins within the 24 hour period on which the actual holiday falls (New Year’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) will be paid 1 ½ times pay for that shift.
  • Longevity Pay: Begins at $4 per month of service after completion of 1 year and increases to $17 per month of service with 20 years of service.


  • 11 paid Holidays per year
  • 15 days paid sick leave
  • 15 days paid vacation
  • 20-year Retirement
  • 2:1 Employer/Employee Match
  • 457K Voluntary Retirement Plan
  • 5 year vesting
  • 7% Employee Contribution
  • Activity Center Membership and SMPD on-site workout facility
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Life Insurance (City Paid). Additional Voluntary Life for Employee, Spouse and Children available)
  • Medical and Dental Coverage
  • Social Security
  • Texas Municipal Retirement System
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Uniforms provided
  • Take home vehicle provided
  • Quality of life is valued by the citizens of San Marcos. In 2010, San Marcos was listed in Business Week’s fourth annual survey of the "Best Places to Raise Your Kids". In 2013 and 2014, the United States Census Bureau named San Marcos the fastest-growing city in the United States.

    In December 2013, San Marcos was named #9 on Business Insider’s list of the "10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America". It is an extremely popular area for recreation, especially tubing, canoeing, swimming, and fishing.

    San Marcos is a hub for everything because of its location between Austin and San Antonio, two major cultural centers in Central Texas. San Marcos is the home of Texas State University, the fifth largest university in the state with 40,000 students. Texas State boasts NCAA Division I athletic teams playing in the Sun Belt Conference, providing the community with exciting local sporting and cultural events.

    Officers of the San Marco Police Department are not required to live within the city limits of San Marcos. This offers several unique advantages. The cities ETJ (extra territorial jurisdiction) extends into 4 separate counties, making available a variety of places to live and school districts to choose from, for officers who have kids. Counties included in the ETJ are Hays, Caldwell, Comal and Guadalupe counties.
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If you have any questions, please email:  SMPD-Recruiting@sanmarcostx.gov