Texas should spend $50.2 million to make state trooper pay competitive with large city and county law enforcement departments, the state auditor recommended Wednesday.So not only did Austin's massive recent pay hikes for police wreak havoc on its own city budget,they're driving budget-busting salary hikes in other jurisdictions and now for the state. Here are comparable pay rates for DPS and big city Texas police departments, again from the Chronicle:
The bulk of pay raises would go to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which has 80 percent of the state's 4,339 law officers. The proposed salary hikes would take the maximum base pay for a veteran trooper from $57,773 to $66,367, an increase of 14.9 percent.
Under the new salary schedule proposed by State Auditor John Keel, troopers with less than four years of service would see pay rise from $45,100 to $49,109, an increase of nearly 9 percent.
HOW THEY COMPARELaw officers at the Texas Department of Public Safety and other state agencies earn less than their counterparts in some city and county departments. Here are the rankings based on maximum base pay.
• Austin: $87,787
• Fort Worth: $75,067
• Dallas: $71,273
• San Antonio: $61,764
• Harris County: $58,052
• Houston: $56,893
• El Paso: $55,612
• Texas DPS: $57,733
Source: State auditor's report
If state troopers can't retain employees at those salary levels, it's no wonder the state can't recruit enough prison guards who may make half that much.