Mounted Patrol


Base Salary

In addition to a base salary, you may be eligible to receive one or more annual incentive pays and/or specialty pays.

Positions Base Salary*
Cadet/Probationary Officer $42,000
Police Officer $58,785- $70,847
Senior Police Officer $85,407- $92,515
Sergeant (5+ Years) $92,879- 104,944
Lieutenant (7+ Years) $104,804- $116,269
Commander (9+ Years) $120,000- $ 135,234
* Salaries are Base Pay only. Effective July 1, 2020
Annual Incentive and Specialty Pay

Education Incentive (paid bi-weekly upon graduation from the academy) 

  • $3,640 - Bachelor’s Degree
  • $6,240 - Master’s Degree
  • $8,840 - Doctorate Degree

Incentive Pay (paid bi-weekly after completion of the probationary period)

  • $2,000 - Equipment Allowance
  • $1,800 - Shift Differential
  • $900 - Weekend Premium One (1 Day)
  • $1,800 - Weekend Premium Two (2 Day)
  • $1,400 - Training Pay (increase to $8,282 based on years of service)

Specialty Pays (paid based on assignment, skills, years of service and/or experience, most are paid bi-weekly)

  • $800 - Clothing Allowance (based on assignment)
  • $600 - $2,200 Patrol Officer or Investigator Pay (based on assignment, years of service or experience)
  • $1,800 - Bilingual Pay (based on skill, paid bi-weekly after probationary period)
  • $1,000 - Physical Fitness & Agility (may take forty hours of Personal Days instead of pay)
Annual Leave

  • 20 Days - PTO (Paid Time Off increases up to 40 days based on years of service)
  • 15 Days - Personal Days
  • 11 Days - Paid Holidays (includes floating holiday
  • 15 Days - Paid Military Leave
  • 5 Days - PAT (Physical Agility days may be taken for $1,000 pay instead of paid time off)
  • Compensatory Time (earned at 1.5 rate/max of 480 hours, may be available based on budget and needs of the department)
Health & Well-being

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription Drug, Dental and Vision Insurance for Officers and Families (multiple plans offered)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Family Medical Leave (FMLA)
  • Employee Assistance Program Counseling
  • Wellness Program (participation may decrease cost of health premiums)

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  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan with Early Retirement Options
  • Deferred Compensation Plan with Multiple Investment Options

Tuition and Training

  • Tuition Reimbursement (per credit hour reimbursement rate: $447 for Bachelor (B.A.), $492 for Master (M.A.) and Doctorate, $898 for Master of Business (M.B.A.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.).
  • Military: Tuition Assistance through Veterans Affair (GI Bill® and Hazlewood Legacy Act -
  • College Credits for Academy Training (up to 12 credit hours)
  • 26-week Paid Law Enforcement Training And Continued Training Throughout Career

Student Loan Forgiveness

Quality of Life

  • Free Metro Transportation (for downtown work locations; includes bus/rail/car pool or park and ride)
  • Free Parking at Primary Duty Assignment (at city owned/leased parking facility)
  • Various Work Schedules for a Work-Family Life Balance
  • Houston Police Credit Union Membership (optional)
  • Department Provided Uniforms, Body Amour and Equipment at No Cost
  • Paid Overtime or Compensatory Time (may be available based on budget and needs of the department)
  • Off-Duty Employment Opportunities
  • Career Advancement and Specialized Opportunities in over 45 Divisions
Promotions and Transfers

The Houston Police Department offers lateral and promotional opportunities in over 45 divisions.

Promotion to Sergeant
A police officer is currently eligible for promotion to the rank of sergeant once they have attained five (5) years of service from their hire date as a cadet.

Promotion to Lieutenant
Sergeants are eligible to promote to the rank of lieutenant after two (2) years in grade as a sergeant and must have attained an associate's degree or completed a minimum of 65 hours towards a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Promotion to Commander
Lieutenants are eligible to promote to the rank of commander after two (2) years. Candidates for promotion to the rank of commander must have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Requirements and Appointed Positions

Promotion to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and commander each require passing a written examination and an assessment center in order to be placed on a promotional eligibility list. Commander is the last rank that can be attained via the testing process.

The ranks of assistant chief and executive assistant chief are appointed by the chief of police and require a master's degree from an accredited college or university.


After an initial three-year period as a patrol officer, an officer will be eligible to apply for transfer to another division. HPD has over 45 divisions including Patrol, Vehicular Crimes, Traffic Enforcement, Mental Health, Gangs, Burglary and Theft, Homicide, Juvenile, Major Assaults and Family Violence, Robbery, Special Victims, Auto Theft, Criminal Intelligence, Cyber and Financial Crimes, Major Offenders, Narcotics, Vice, Crime Analysis and Command Center, Tactical Operations, Special Operations, Airport (Hobby), Airport (Intercontinental), Emergency Communications, Air and Marine, Training, Recruiting, Risk Management, and Employee Services, to name a few.

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Houston Police Department
Recruiting Division
1200 Travis, Suite 1300
Houston, TX 77002

(713) 308-1300
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