In today's SJ Merc (October 27, 2007, page 2B), John Woolfolk talks about police officer pay in San Jose:
Basic pay for a San Jose officer is now $108,167, excluding overtime; with benefits, the total cost comes to $147,614.
Note that the basic salary excludes overtime pay, which can be substantial. The SJ Police Department is now asking for a 4% raise. Each 1% in raises costs San Jose taxpayers 1.9 million dollars each year. If the city is inclined to grant any raise, it should be in the form of a higher salary, which can be more easily tracked than benefits. The costs of increased benefits, such as pensions, are almost impossible to determine until they become due.