Employee Benefits

Benefit Outline – This is an outline of benefits for officers in a pdf document. 
Brochure – This brochure may help answer questions about police positions.

Classification & Pay Plan:


Starting salaries for Police Department positions:

Police Officer


Pay Grade 21 
Hiring Range: $35,006.40 - $40,257.36/year

The following may be considered in determining a start pay above the base salary. These incentives can be worth as much as 5%, not to exceed a total of 15% if you meet more than one category.
  • Basic Law Enforcement Certification (BLET)
  • College Degree
  • Military Service
  • Law Enforcement Experience 

Telecommunicator I

Pay Grade - 17
Hiring Range $28,225 - $ 32,448 per year

Annual Salary Supplement for Sworn Officers:


After completing two years of service, Sworn Officers become eligible to receive an annual salary supplement, in addition to any merit or cost of living increase, or promotion, as follows:
  • 1% of salary after 2 years of service
  • 1.5% of salary after 3 years of service
  • 2% of salary after 4 years of service and each year thereafter

Longevity Pay:


After completing five years of service, all City of Burlington employees become eligible to receive annual longevity payments. These payments are based on a percentage of the employee’s annual salary.
  • 5 years service 1%
  • 10 years service 2%
  • 15 years service 3%
  • 20 years service 4%
  • 25 years service 5%
  • Maximum payment not to exceed $3,500.00

Paid Vacation:


Employees earn vacation at the rate of 12 days per year. For employees with 10 or more years of continuous service, annual leave is accrued at a greater rate.

Paid Holidays:

Ten holidays are recognized annually. These holidays are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Good Friday, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Memorial Day. Employees also receive two days for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Medical/Dental Appointments:


With supervisor approval, employees may take up to two hours during a workday with pay to see a doctor or dentist.

Paid Sick Leave:


Employees earn 12 days sick leave per year, which may be accumulated without limit.

Health Insurance:


Comprehensive medical hospitalization and life insurance are provided at no cost to the employee. These benefits are available for the employees’ dependents at a reduced rate. A co-pay provision is offered for juvenile dependents (children under 16 years of age).

Employees and spouses insured under the City of Burlington health plan may utilize the services of the City’s Occupational Health Department, including appointments and consultations with the Occupational Nurse and Occupational Physician, at no cost.

Beneflex:

Beneflex is a flexible spending plan that allows employees to pay for eligible dependent care and medical expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Dental Insurance:

Dental coverage is available at no cost to the employee and is available to dependents at a reduced rate.

Credit Union:

All employees may join Truliant Federal Credit Union and/or State Employees Credit Union.

Retirement Benefits:


The retirement system offers a program of security for employees to meet the needs of retirement or disability. Both the employees and the City contribute to this system. If you choose to terminate your employment before qualifying for the retirement benefits, your contributions will be returned to you upon application.

Educational Assistance:


A tuition assistance program is available to employees so they can broaden their knowledge while employed. Degree programs are available through local colleges and universities.

Full time employees who receive an associate, bachelor, or masters degree will be eligible to receive a two and one-half percent (2 ½%) merit increase upon verification and approval.

Uniforms:


The Police Department furnishes officers with uniforms and equipment.

Life Insurance:

The City provides each employee a life insurance policy equal to one and one-half times his/her annual base salary at no cost. Additional insurance coverage for employees and their dependents may be purchased at reasonable rates. Accidental death coverage is included with this policy. The North Carolina Local Government Retirement System will pay the beneficiaries of an active employee who dies a benefit equal to their annual salary, but no less than $25,000 or more than $50,000.

Law Enforcement Officer Separation Allowance:


At retirement, upon completion of 30 years of continuous service, or at age 55 with 5 years of continuous service, an officer will receive an allowance from the City until age 62.

Take-Home Vehicle Program:


Officers who reside within a 20 mile radius of the Police Department may take their assigned police vehicles home.