The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 26, 2008
University law enforcement pay versus other police salaries

081126 csubadge.gifPrompted by our recent blog entry on the 8 percent raise given UC police, San Francisco state worker Joseph Jelincic did some nifty spadework to compare San Francisco State police and dispatcher starting pay to some other Bay Area law enforcement starting wages.

Here's his e-mail with corroborating links:


The CSU has the same problem the UC system has in recruiting peace officers and public safety dispatchers.

At San Francisco State University, where I work (although not in law enforcement), we have had more then 5 openings (shows 7 openings as of current) at any time for peace officers since 2005.

SFPD starts at $75,868.

Oakland starts at $69,121 (link shows Oakland actually starting at $71,835).

Burlingame, a little town in San Mateo county with a population of 28,158 (original number from wiki ... says 2007 est is 27,573) and 42 cops -- they start at $64,353 .

SF State has 30,014 students , several thousands staff / faculty members and 38 cops -- they start at $49,620 (see page 136).

Also to compare dispatchers:

City of San Francisco - $63,180

Oakland - $30.30/h or $63,024 (30.30 * 40* 52 = $63,024)

SF State - $36,660 (see page 129).

You tell me who is going to apply to work for the CSU?


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