Salary & Benefits


Police Officer salary starts at $52,416 and increases to $75,088.

We currently have a 10 step Police Officer salary matrix. We also accept lateral transfers.

Patrol Officer Salary - West Lake Hills

At Hire
At 6 Months
End - Year 1$56,160
End - Year 2
End - year 3
End - Year 4$63,440
End - Year 5$65,312
End - Year 6$67,392
End - Year 8$71,136
End - Year 10$75,088

Lateral Transfers

Starting salary for qualified candidates:

Police Officer4 to 5 years experience$58,448
Police Officer6 to 7 years experience$60,944
Police Officer8-plus years experience$63,440

View Lateral transfer policy.


The City of West Lake Hills offers an outstanding benefits package, including:

  • $1,000 signing bonus for all new officers, upon successful completion of the Field Training Program*.
  • The Police Department provides all the required uniforms, gear, and equipment needed.
  • Health, Vision and Dental insurance
  • Paid group Life Insurance/ AD&D coverage
  • Texas Municipal Retirement System, 2 to 1 matching ratio at 7% employee contribution
  • Social Security
  • Deferred Comp plan
  • Leave
    • Vacation – 104 hours per year (13 days)
    • Sick – 96 hours per year (12 days)
    • Holiday – 80 hours per year (10 days)
  • Uniform Allowance - $1,000 per year, starting in year 2
  • TCOLECertification pay
    • Intermediate - $600 per year
    • Advanced - $1,200 per year
    • Master - $1,800 per year
  • Shift Differential Pay, depending on shift
  • Field Training Officer pay

The West Lake Hills Police Department is a progressive, professional Department – we believe in the importance of training, including specialized training. We also utilize the following:

  • Our Patrol vehicles are Ford Interceptor SUVs or Chevy Tahoe SUVs.
  • We use electronic ticket writers.
  • Each officer is issued their own Taser and Axon body camera.
  • Officers work rotating 12 hours shifts, with every other weekend off.
  • We use the newest Toughbook laptops (CF-54) in our Patrol Vehicles – we are dispatched by Travis County Sheriff's Office and use their CAD system.
  • All training, including any specialized training, is paid for by the Department.
  • We issue Colt patrol rifles, regular vests, and heavy vests to each Officer.

*New officers are those who have not been previously employed with the West Lake Hills PD.