Pay & Benefits

The City of Lakewood pays a salary competitive with other Colorado police departments,
with eligibility for salary increases occurring regularly, based on successful job performance.

Police Agent (Officer) Annual Salaries:

  • Hire Date as Recruit: $65,374.40
  • Entry into Field Training: $69,763.20 
  • Graduation from Field Training: $74,443.20 
  • Two Years from Date of Hire: $79,435.20 
  • Three Years from Date of Hire (Lateral & Veteran starting salary*): $84,843.20 
  • Four Years from Date of Hire: $90,500.80  (Lateral with 4 years of patrol experience) 
  • Five Years from Date of Hire: $97,489.60    (Lateral with 5 years of patrol experience)  

All increases are contingent upon successful job performance and available budget dollars.
*Additional qualifications must be met for lateral and veteran starting salary.

Excellent benefits package, including:

  • Money Purchase Retirement Plan (city contribution 13%, employee contribution 11%, with a 5-year graduated vesting)
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan (city contribution of 3%)
  • Health Insurance Plans with HRA (city contribution up to $2,000/year)
  • Delta Dental and City Paid Vision Plan
  • Vacation Leave (96 hours/year for new employees, max out at 160 hours per year for tenured employees)
  • Sick Leave (96 hours/year)
  • Holiday Time (104 hours/year)
  • Overtime and Extra Duty Opportunities
  • Compensatory Leave allowance of 120 hours
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • City paid life insurance 1.5x salary
  • Tuition Assistance (up to $5,250 / year)
  • Free use of Lakewood recreation and fitness centers (Whitlock, Green Mountain, Carmody, The Link) 
  • Discounted Golf at Fox Hollow and Homestead 
  • Apple iPhone for business use
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Wellness Program with Free use of Police Gym.  
  • Uniform Dry Cleaning
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Duty Death Disability Plan