According to the SF Examiner, the San Francisco Police Department is "the highest paid big city force in the state," a situation former San Francisco Police Officers Association president Gary Delagnes says "is completely appropriate considering the cost of living in the Bay Area...Even with our salary the average cop does not make enough to qualify for a home loan in San Francisco." So how appropriate yet unloanworthy are the salaries for SF's finest? Let's take a look at the numbers.
- 27: percent of SFPD officers who live in SF
- 2,502: The number of SFPD positions covered by their current contract
- $415.1 million: The amount paid to SFPD officers in salaries and benefits every year
- $88,842: Under the SFPD's previous contract (which ended in 2013), the base salary for entry-level officers (does not include overtime)
- $80,582: According to the SFPD's current contract, the base salary for entry-level officers (does not include overtime)
- $6,782: The minimum monthly pay for an SFPD officer, according to salary survey respondents
- $81,384: The minimum annual pay for an SFPD officer, according to salary survey respondents
- $9,440: The maximum monthly pay for an SFPD officer, according to salary survey respondents
- $113,280: The maximum annual pay for an SFPD officer, according to salary survey respondents
- $22 million: The amount SF is reportedly expected to save with 2013's entry-level pay reduction
- 6/30/2018: The date that cost-cutting contract expires
- $307,450: The 2014 base salary for SFPD Chief Chief Greg Suhr, "the nation’s highest paid chief at a major department"
- $326,716: Suhr's total compensation for 2014
- $119,407: The 2014 base salary for SFPD Inspector Robert Velarde
- $277,581: The total compensation Velarde took home in 2014, making him SFPD's highest-paid officer
All facts and figures: SF police paid a pretty penny, SF Examiner, September 8, 2015.