The information provided below is for general information purposes only. The following is a highlight of the advantages that await you as an employee of the city. Full details are contained in the legal documents that govern our individual plans, policies and procedures. The City of Grand Prairie reserves the right to change or alter this information at any time. The receipt of this information does not constitute an offer of employment or an employment contract.

Holidays and Vacation

  • 80 hours of holiday pay per year
  • 15 Vacation days per year
  • 20 Vacation days per year after 15 years of service

Accrual Rate for Civil Service - Police/Fire (40 hr/week)

  • 12 days per year for the first year
  • 15 days per year for 2-15 years
  • 20 days per year for 16+ years

Medical Benefits

  • 15 sick days per year
  • Medical, dental and vision plans (Costs vary by plan, and coverage is effective on the first of the following month after hired. Employees have the choice to OPT OUT of the city's medical coverage, as long as you provide proof of coverage elsewhere.)
  • The City also offers life insurance, long-term disability benefit, retirement benefits, employee assistance program, deferred compensation, workers' compensation and salary supplement program, longevity pay and stability pay.


  • The city of Grand Prairie contributes to the Texas Municipal Retirement System at a rate of 2 to 1 up to 7% and employees are vested after 5 years.
  • The City of Grand Prairie offers a 20-year retirement plan.

Military Veterans

Military veterans hired as police recruits can receive additional pay from the VA, under the GI Bill, while they are attending the Grand Prairie Police Academy.

Lateral Entry Program

The Grand Prairie Police Department offers a Lateral Entry Program for experienced Police officers.

Take-Home Vehicle Program

A Take-Home Vehicle Program is available for Patrol Officers.


Police Officer starting salary $66,787. Effective October 2021.

Pay Scale
Recruit $66,787
Officer - 1 Year $70,126
Officer - 2 Years $73,629
Officer - 3 Years $77,317
Officer - 4 Years $81,190
Officer - 5 Years $85,249
Officer - 6-11 Years $89,512
Officer - 12+ Years $92,187
Certification Pay
Intermediate $40
Advanced $80
Monthly Incentive Pay
Associate Degree $50
Bachelor's Degree $100
Field Training Officer $175
Language Pay $100
Shift Differential $125