Benefits & Salary


  • The Hamilton Police Department offers an excellent salary and benefits package. The salary for police officers currently tops out at $63,960 before longevity pay and overtime.
  • Longevity pay is in addition to annual pay and increases your annual salary after 5 years of service, increasing again at 8, 12, 16, and 20 years of service. An officer at the top pay level and top longevity level at 20 years of service could make an annual salary, before overtime, of $70,990.
  • A medical plan that includes dental, vision, and prescription coverage, vacation, holiday, sick leave, group life, deferred compensation, and membership in Ohio Police and Fire Pension System.
  • A $10,000 group life insurance policy.
  • A uniform allowance and a uniform maintenance (dry cleaning) allowance.
  • After 1 year, officers are eligible for two weeks paid vacation.
  • Officers accumulate sick leave at the rate of 10 hours per month and, upon retirement, are paid a percentage of their unused sick leave.
  • Officers are eligible for retirement at age 52, combined with 25 years of service completed.
  • Officers receive 8 to 18 holidays off per year, depending upon their work schedules.
  • Police Officers assigned to the Patrol Division work a 4/2 schedule, which means that their regular workweek consists of 4 days on and 2 days off. This gives those officers about 17 additional days off per year as opposed to a normal 5/2 work schedule, yet the 4/2 officers are paid for a 40-hour week.
  • All promotions are by competitive examination, as governed by Civil Service. A Police Officer must have 4 years prior to taking a competitive written examination for promotion to the rank of Detective. The officers in all other ranks must serve in those capacities for 1 year prior to taking competitive written examinations for promotions to the next higher rank.