ITHACA, N.Y. — Officers at the Ithaca Police Department are the highest paid in the Southern Tier with the average pay of $85, 414, according to new information released by the Empire Center Tuesday.

“The latest county and municipal payroll database includes 2015-16 fiscal year payroll information for full-time and part-time workers actively enrolled in the pension system as of August 2016,” the organization’s website states.

The average pay was determined using data that includes regular pay, overtime and pay for unused sick and vacation time. It does not include pension contributions, health insurance, and other fringe benefits, elements of total compensation that can add 35 percent or more to personnel costs.

How do IPD officers rank up with other regions of the state? It’s about average for cities across the state, but, in some instances, about $20,000 more than other cities in the Southern Tier.

Here is a list provided by the Empire Center comparing the best paid police forces in the state by region:

In-county police agencies average pay is as follows, according to the center:

  • Caroline |13 officers| $31,906
  • Cayuga Heights |17 officers| $38,304
  • Danby |17 officers| $31,832 2
  • Dryden |40 officers| $39,041
  • Dryden (Village)| 13 officers| $21,501
  • Enfield |11 officers| $30,250
  • Groton |24 officers | $28,854
  • Groton (Village) |12 officers| $10,236
  • Ithaca (Town) |79 officers | $48,128
  • Lansing |35 officers | $41,631
  • Newfield |15 officers| $35,830
  • Trumansburg |10 officers| $8,799
  • Ulysses |23 officers| $18,173

All the Tompkins County agencies rank below average state-wide for pay.

To view all pay wages and learn additional information about the study, visit the Empire Center website here. 

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.