Salary and Benefits

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The below items constitute the benefits of being a sworn member of the Louisville Metro Police Department:

All of the above are all subject to negotiation in the labor contract.

here to see the FOP contract for Officers and Sergeants.


Salary for recruit in the academy


Salary for officers upon graduation    


+ State Incentive

$  3,100.00

+ Clothing Allowance

$  1,500.00

+ Equipment Allowance 

 $     900.00 



Click here to see wage progression as found in the FOP contract.

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Salaries for Prior Law Enforcement

*****The Prior Law Enforcement Pay Scale, upon graduation from the LMPD Training Academy, will be based upon departmental review.*****

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Salary Progression

The Fraternal Order of Police, through its collective bargaining agreement with the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, negotiates salary progression.

Click here to see wage progression as found in the FOP contract.

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Pension and Retirement

Employees are allowed to participate in a pension plan administered by the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

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Life Insurance

Metro Government provides employees with 1 X annual salary (rounded up), not to exceed $50,000 for life. Accidental Death and Dismemberment is also provided at the same rate as life insurance.

Employee and dependent life insurance for spouse and children is also available for purchase. Plans vary as to cost.

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Pre-Tax Premiums

Premium conversion allows employees to pay for benefits with pre-tax dollars; therefore, reducing taxes and increasing the amount of take home pay. Eligible benefits include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental, Cancer or Intensive Care Insurance
  • Dependent Care
  • Medical Reimbursement
  • Vision Care

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Paid Leave (per year)

  • Vacation days - Under the current FOP contract, 6.24 hours of leave (vacation/holiday) is earned bi-weekly by newly sworn in officers. Click here to learn more about vacation accrual found in the FOP contract.
  • Holidays - See vacation days. The FOP contract contains a provision that up to eight (8) annual leave/holidays may be redeemed as pay on December 1 of each calendar year. The paid days, taken in lieu of the leave/holiday, shall be at the member's regular rate of pay.
  • Personal leave days - 32 hours of personal days are granted each year. They expire at the end of the year.
  • Sick days - Are unlimited with proper documentation.
  • Employee members of the National Guard or of an Armed Forces Reserve Unit are eligible for 21 calendar days of paid military leave per federal fiscal year (October through September) while in the performance of military duty or training. Any unused military leave will be rolled over to the next fiscal year. Any unused military leave shall expire two (2) years after it has been accrued.
  • A member who is ordered to active duty and serves a minimum of six (6) months in the Armed Forces of the United States shall, upon return, be credited with 80 hours of annual leave.

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Workman's Compensation

Medical bills are paid and disability payments are made in accordance with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Workers' Compensation Laws.

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Medical Insurance

Several health care plans are available for employees and family members. Plan availability & cost sharing are subject to annual change.

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Dental Insurance

Dental Insurance  (pdf file)

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Vision Insurance

Vision Insurance   (pdf file)

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Court Pay

All officers who attend court receive $60 per visit. Overtime is calculated after a two (2) hour period, only if officers are on time and submit proper documentation.

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Tuition Reimbursement

Louisville Metro Government will pay $2,000 per year towards tuition reimbursement. If the employee qualifies for an earned income credit, the amount can be $3,000.

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Credit Union

Savings, checking, loans and many other financial services are available to members. Click here to learn more. All Metro employees can also be members of Park Community Federal Credit Union.

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Deferred Compensation

This plan allows the employee to contribute pre-tax dollars up to an additional retirement plan. Click here to learn more.

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