News from around the state of Texas

Pay Gap Between Texas Troopers, Managers Grows

View Comments ()



    Getty Images

    The pay gap between Texas state troopers and managers in the Department of Public Safety is growing, despite a decade of calls by the state auditor to increase officers' salaries.

    The Austin American-Statesman reports Sunday the more than 3,500 officers who work for the state have seen little increase in their base pay. Meanwhile, more than 79 managers in the department earn $100,000 a year or more, up from about 12 in 2009.

    The mid-range pay for a state trooper is just over $61,790 annually, compared to a median salary of just over $74,700 for an Austin city police officer. State troopers' salaries are capped at that level after 20 years of service. Veteran city officers can exceed $95,000 a year.

    The state Legislature determines the salaries of state troopers.