Police wage inflation hit the trooper ranks of the Department of Public Safety hard enough that Texas legislators voted a 20 percent pay raise in an attempt to slow the exodus of certified peace officers.
As the American-Statesman’s Brenda Bell reported earlier this week, DPS trooper pay trailed police pay in the state’s big cities. Bell cited a state auditor’s report that the maximum base pay for an Austin police officer or detective is $95,464; in Fort Worth, it’s $85,233. A DPS trooper with at least 20 years of experience knocks down a maximum of $61,793. Several hundred trooper positions are chronically vacant at the DPS, and the pay scale is frequently cited as a main reason.
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