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MTA Police Officer Salary and Benefit Information

Updated Jul 28, 2021
The MTA Police offers competitive salaries with opportunities for growth and professional development. There’s an attractive work schedule and a comprehensive benefits package. Salary and benefit information is subject to change.

Salary & Benefits


The starting salary for an MTA Police officer is $42,000. Upon completing 7 years of service the top pay is $100,368. The starting salary for all police new hires is the same, regardless of prior police experience.

The salary is contingent upon the collective bargaining agreement.


MTA Police benefits currently include:

  • Tuition reimbursement;
  • A defined benefit pension plan;
  • Deferred compensation plans, including 401k and 457 plan;
  • and Comprehensive sick leave benefits.

The benefits noted above are contingent upon the collective bargaining agreement.

Work Schedule and Location

Uniformed patrol officers work three 12-hour and 20-minute shifts a week. Every third week, officers must work a fourth 12-hour and 20-minute shift. Your work location and tour are determined based on the needs of the MTAPD.

Pension credit for prior police service

Officers in the MTA Police Department take part in the MTA Police Retirement Program. Under the MTA Police Retirement Program, you only receive pension credit for prior police service. Under certain conditions, you can transfer that credit from:

  • The New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System, or
  • The New York City Police Pension Fund.

An MTA Police Officer will NOT receive credit for prior police service until he/she has completed 15 years of MTA Police Service. That excludes prior Military Service.

All employee contributions must be transferred from the prior plan. If the police officer took a refund of employee contributions then they must pay all contributions plus 5% interest.

Other provisions may apply, but we are excited to help you get the most out of your service.