Hazardous Duty Pay
Certain state employees perform hazardous duties and are eligible for hazardous duty pay.
Commissioned law enforcement officers or custodial officers are eligible for hazardous duty pay of $10 a month for each 12-month period of lifetime service credit.
Certain Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) correctional officers earn $12 a month for each 12-month period of lifetime service credit. These employees can earn up to a maximum of $300 per month of hazardous duty pay.
Commissioned peace officers/law enforcement officers from the following agencies are eligible:
- Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Facilities Commission (TFC)
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC)
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
- Office of the Attorney General (OAG)
- Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)
- Institutions of higher education
- Certain Texas Juvenile Justice Department (formerly Texas Youth Commission) employees
- Other non-commissioned TDCJ employees
- Commissioned security officers of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
- Security officers employed by the Texas Military Department
- Board of Pharmacy employees who were in a hazardous duty position as of Aug. 31, 2005*
- Certain grandfathered employees who received hazardous duty pay under any law in effect before May 29, 1987
*Board of Pharmacy employees are no longer eligible for hazardous duty pay. Only grandfathered Board of Pharmacy employees remain eligible.
Eligible employees must:
- Complete one year of service in a hazardous duty position.
- On the first workday of the month, hold one of the positions or meet the eligibility requirements listed in the preceding “Eligible State Employees” section.
After May 29, 1987
Employees earning longevity pay who transfer to a hazardous duty position after May 29, 1987, will receive hazardous duty pay and longevity pay.
Eligible employees earn hazardous duty pay based on the number of years they work in hazardous duty positions. The employee continues to receive longevity pay based on the years worked in a non-hazardous duty position.
On or before May 29, 1987
Employees who earned hazardous duty pay based on total state service on or before May 29, 1987, are eligible to continue to receive hazardous duty pay based on that service if they are in a hazardous duty position after May 29, 1987. These employees are also eligible to earn longevity pay for any service accrued in a non-hazardous duty position after May 29, 1987.
For more information on the history of hazardous duty as it pertains to longevity pay and grandfathered employees, see Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Rule 5.39.
Eligible employees who work in a hazardous duty position then transfer to a non-hazardous duty position lose hazardous duty pay. However, these employees will earn longevity pay based upon the employee’s total state service. Total state service includes the employee’s time in a hazardous duty position.
Eligible part-time employees are paid proportional hazardous duty pay. Part-time employees earn hazardous duty pay at a proportional rate based on the ratio of their scheduled work hours per week to forty hours.
- Lifetime service credit
- Applicable only to an employee in a hazardous duty position, lifetime service credit is the sum of all periods of employment in a hazardous duty position during the employee’s state employment history. Periods of employment in a hazardous duty position at a community or junior college are included in lifetime service credit. Lifetime service credit is used in the calculation of the effective service date for hazardous duty pay.
Texas Government Code, Sections 659.301-308.
Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 5, Subchapter D, Rule 5.39.