Salaries and Benefits

Benefits

This summary provides a brief overview of the City of Palo Alto's Benefit Plans available to REGULAR employees (those regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week). If there is a conflict between the information in this summary and the official plan/contracts, the official documents will determine how the plans work and the benefits they pay. The benefits described may be changed and terminated at the City's discretion.

Some employee groups have different benefits based upon negotiated Union Agreements. More specific compensation information may be found in the "Summary of Compensation" section located below.

Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)

  • 2% at 60 formula for Classic employees
  • One-year final compensation for 2% at 60 employees
  • 2% at 62 for New CalPers Members
  • Three-years final compensation for 2% at 62 employees only
  • 3% at 55 formula for Classic Safety employees
  • 2.7% at 57 for New Safety CalPers Members
  • Three-years final compensation for all Safety employees
  • Pre-Retirement survivor benefits  
  • City pays 9% required employee contribution for Police Safety Management
  • Non-Contributory Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan
  • 90% paid employee and dependent Medical Plan (Up to the second most expensive plan offered)
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan
  • Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary
  • Long Term Disability plan
  • 12 annual paid holidays (most employees)
  • Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service
  • 96 hours annual sick leave (most employees)
  • Credit Union Services

The City of Palo Alto maintains compensation plans for the following seven employee groups: Limited Hourly, Hourly Unit, Classified, Police, Fire, Fire Management, and Management/Professional. See the Memorandum of Agreements section listed below.

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013
Labor Agreements
Labor agreements contain information about wages, hours and fringe benefits as well as the terms and conditions of employment for classification within the Union or Association's representation unit.
Memorandum of Agreement between City of Palo Alto and Local 521, Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Hourly Unit
Revision Date: 3/18/2013
Memorandum of Agreement between City of Palo Alto and Local 1319, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
Revision Date: 10/17/2011
Memorandum of Agreement between City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Fire Chiefs' Association
Revision Date: 4/5/2012
Adoption of a Resolution Approving Terms for Palo Alto Police Managers' Association
Revision Date: 6/24/2013
One Year Deferral/Rollover to June 11, 2011
Revision Date: 3/28/2011
Memorandum of Agreement between City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Peace Officers' Association (PAPOA)
Revision Date: 5/14/2012
Memorandum of Agreement between City of Palo Alto and Local 521, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Revision Date: 3/22/2014
Salary Rate Sheets
These pages contain the actual salary rates for the classifications of each respective employee group.
CAO Salary Rate Sheet
Revision Date: 4/15/2014
Revision Date: 6/30/2014
Hourly Unit Personnel and Hourly PERS Exempt (SEIU) Salary Rate Sheet
Revision Date: 11/5/2010
Limited Hourly Personnel Salary Rate Sheet
Revision Date: 7/1/2008
Revision Date: 8/11/2014
Summary of Compensation
The summary of compensation includes special compensation, pay differentials, medical and insurance plans, tuition reimbursement, leaves, commute incentives, vacation and uniform purchase plans. Not all benefits are listed nor apply to every employee group.
Limited Hourly Employees Compensation Plan - July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009
Revision Date: 9/16/2008
Ammended- Management and Professional Personnel and Council Appointees Compensation Plan - July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013
Revision Date: 6/17/2013