Key Facts about Spokane Public Safety Costs

Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington. With more than 210,000 residents and an additional 230,000 people living nearby, hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other public safety personnel are needed to serve the public.

For years, ongoing concerns about the rising costs of protecting the community have been discussed and debated among city leaders, unions, and citizens.

As the people of Spokane debate the merits of various proposals to provide neighborhoods with enough fire and police protection, this publication seeks to provide public safety cost information and compare documented costs to other cities.

Police Department Spending

2013: $52,026,303
2012: $54,576,324
2011: $49,833,238

Fire Department Spending

2013: $34,388,907
2012: $34,298,700
2011: $31,211,811

Total FTE Positions By Department

2013 – Police: 364.5 Fire: 249
2012 – Police: 387.5 Fire: 265
2011 – Police: 351.5 Fire: 239

Total Department Positions by Salary
*Does not include overtime
  FT Positions at
$100,00/year or more*
FT Positions at
$50,000/year or less*
Average compensation
per position*
POLICE 17 52 $111,723
FIRE 34 5 $121,910
Fire Department Top Salaries Police Department Top Salaries
1 – Fire Chief - $169,358
(same as Mayor)
1 – Assistant Police Chief – $155,807
2 – Assistant Chief – $147,246 2 – Police Chief – $152,737
3 – Deputy Fire Chief (2 positions) –
$147,246 (each)
3 – Police Majors (2 positions) –
$142,018 (average)
4 – Fire Marshall - $129,540 4 – Police Captain (3 positions) –
$134,509 (average)
5 – Fire Battalion Chief (9 positions) –
$122,293 (average) 
5 – Police Lieutenants (10 positions) –
$113,368 (average)
6 – Training Captain - $111,165  
7 – Fire Captain (18 positions)  – $109,358 (average)  
8 – Assistant Fire Marshall - $108,117  


Employee Health Coverage
(Current – 2013, Spokane)
Mandatory Union Due Collection
(2012, Spokane)
Police: 92% (8% covered by employee) Police: $207,845 ($570 average per FTE)
Fire: 100% (0% covered by employee) Fire: $548,760 ($2,203 average per FTE)



Comparison to other Northwest Cities (budgeted for 2013)
City Number of Fire
Dept. Employees
Fire Dept. Avg.
Employee  Compensation
Number of Police
Dept. Employees
Police Dept. Avg.
Employee
Compensation
Spokane 249 $121,910 365.5 $111,723
Boise 285 $130,60 387 $98,134
Portland 748 $112,494 1,231 $102,369


Comparison to cities of similar size
*Includes Sheriff's deputies
City Median
Household
Income
Avg Police Officer
Salary
(Salary Only)
Avg Firefighter
Salary
(Salary Only)
% Salary Difference
Between Median
Income and Average
Police/Fire Salary
Spokane $41,466 $74,967 $79,085 +87%
Stockton, CA $47,365 $67,856 $59,555 +35%
Fort Wayne, IN $44,597 $47,901 $43,659 +2.6%
Mobile, AL $38,240 $38,142 $38,147 +0.25%
NATIONAL AVG. $57,762 $57,770 $47,850 +0.20%

Download a PDF of Key Facts about Spokane Fire and Police Budgets including all references here.