Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–541.01. Salary schedule; maximum compensation permitted.

(a) Except as provided in subsections (a-1) and (b) of this section, the annual rates of basic compensation of the officers and members of the Metropolitan Police force and the Fire Department of the District of Columbia shall be fixed in accordance with the following schedule of rates:

Class 1: Fire private, police private $12,296 $12,667 $13,282 $13,897 $14,877 $15,863 $16,478 $17,093 $17,707
Class 2: Fire inspector 14,019 14,877 15,741 16,600 17,458 18,322 19,181
Class 3: Detective, assistant pilot, assistant marine engineer 15,370 16,139 16,907 17,676 18,444 19,213 19,981
Class 4: Fire sergeant, police sergeant, detective sergeant 16,700 17,532 18,370 19,207 20,045 20,877
Class 5: Fire lieutenant, police lieutenant 19,303 20,273 21,237 22,202 23,166
Class 6: Marine engineer, pilot 21,089 22,138 23,193 24,242
Class 7: Fire captain, police captain 22,870 24,014 25,159 26,299
Class 8: Battalion fire chief, police inspector 26,511 27,836 29,166 30,496
Class 9: Deputy Fire Chief, Deputy Chief of Police 31,111 33,215 35,325 37,434
Class 10: Assistant Chief of Police, Assistant Fire Chief 36,888 39,347 41,806
Class 11: Repealed

(a-1) The Chief of Police, effective January 2, 2007, and the Fire Chief, effective April 16, 2007, shall be paid in accordance with the DX Schedule for subordinate agency heads pursuant to § 1-610.52.

(b) Compensation may not be paid, by reason of any provision of this subchapter, at a rate in excess of the rate of basic pay for level V of the Executive Schedule contained in subchapter II of Chapter 53 of Title 5, United States Code.

(c) Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the annual rates of basic compensation of officers appointed pursuant to § 1-610.72 shall be established by the salary schedule established in subsection (a) of this section as modified pursuant to § 5-545.06a.


(Aug. 1, 1958, 72 Stat. 481, Pub. L. 85-584, title I, § 101; Oct. 24, 1962, 76 Stat. 1239, Pub. L. 87-882, § 1; Aug. 14, 1964, 78 Stat. 431, Pub. L. 88-426, title III, § 306(i)(6); Sept. 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 880, Pub. L. 88-575, title I, § 101; Nov. 13, 1966, 80 Stat. 1591, Pub. L. 89-810, title I, § 101; May 27, 1968, 82 Stat. 140, Pub. L. 90-320, § 1(a); May 27, 1968, 82 Stat. 141, Pub. L. 90-320, § 1(b); June 30, 1970, 84 Stat. 354, Pub. L. 91-297, title I, § 102; Dec. 7, 1970, 84 Stat. 1391, Pub. L. 91-530, § 3; Aug. 29, 1972, 86 Stat. 634, Pub. L. 92-410, title I, §§ 101, 102; Sept. 3, 1974, 88 Stat. 1036, Pub. L. 93-407, title I, § 101(a)(1); Jan. 3, 1975, 88 Stat. 2173, Pub. L. 93-635, § 1; June 19, 1976, D.C. Law 1-73, § 2(1), 23 DCR 2807; Oct. 4, 2000, D.C. Law § 13-160, § 103(a), 47 DCR 4619; Oct. 18, 2007, D.C. Law 17-25, § 3, 54 DCR 8014; May 13, 2008, D.C. Law 17-154, § 6(a), 55 DCR 3678.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-406.

1973 Ed., § 4-823.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-611.13, § 1-632.03, § 5-543.01, § 5-544.01, § 5-545.01, § 5-545.03, § 5-545.04, § 5-545.05, § 5-545.06, and § 5-545.06a.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-160 added subsec. (c), relating to compensation for officers appointed pursuant to § 1-610.72.

D.C. Law 17-25 added subsec. (a-1).

D.C. Law 17-154, in subsec. (a), substituted “subsections (a-1) and (b)” for “subsection (b)” in the lead-in language, and repealed classification “Class 11: Fire Chief, Chief of Police.” in the salary schedule; and added subsec. (a-1).

Cross References

Merit system, application to police officers and firefighters, see § 1-632.03.

Merit system, pay rates and adjustments, see § 1-611.13.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 3(a) of the Lateral Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-137, August 4, 1999, 46 DCR 6802).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 3(a) of the Lateral Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-175, November 2, 1999, 46 DCR 9236).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 3(a) of the Lateral Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers Clarifying Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-231, January 11, 2000, 47 DCR 506).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 3(a) of the Lateral Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-305, April 7, 2000, 47 DCR 2701).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-72, July 20, 2007, 54 DCR 7401).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 4 of District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-72, July 20, 2007, 54 DCR 7401).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 3(a) of Lateral Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers Temporary Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-61, October 12, 1999, law notification 47 DCR 1983).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 3(a) of Lateral Appointment of Law Enforcement Officers Clarifying Temporary Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-102, January 10, 2000, law notification 47 DCR 4339).

References in Text

The reference in (b) to “subchapter II of Chapter 53 of Title 5, United States Code” is codified at 5 U.S.C. §§ 5311 to 5318.

Editor's Notes

Adjustment of salary schedule by Mayor: See Act of June 19, 1976, D.C. Law 1-73, § 4; Act of May 18, 1978, D.C. Law 2-76, § 2.

Retroactive compensation: See Act of August 14, 1964, 78 Stat. 431, Pub. L. 88-426, § 502; Act of September 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 800, Pub. L. 88-575, § 106; Act of November 13, 1966, 80 Stat. 1591, Pub. L. 89-810, § 104; Act of May 27, 1968, 82 Stat. 140, Pub. L. 90-320, § 7; Act of June 30, 1970, 84 Stat. 354, Pub. L. 91-297, § 109; Act of August 29, 1972, 86 Stat. 634, Pub. L. 92-410, § 116(a), (b); Act of September 3, 1974, 88 Stat. 1036, Pub. L. 93-407, § 104; Act of June 19, 1976, D.C. Law 1-73, § 3; Act of May 18, 1978, D.C. Law 2-76, § 3.

Metropolitan Police Department pay and benefit performance: Pursuant to §§ 2 and 3 of D.C. Law 6-145, the “Metropolitan Police Department Pay and Benefit Conformance Act of 1986,” effective September 13, 1986, the Council approved changes to the compensation system for career and executive service employees not covered by collective bargaining.

Group insurance: See Act of August 1, 1958, 72 Stat. 481, Pub. L. 85-584, § 508(b); Act of August 14, 1964, 78 Stat. 431, Pub. L. 88-426, § 501(d); Act of September 2, 1964, 78 Stat. 800, Pub. L. 88-575, § 107; Act of November 13, 1966, 80 Stat. 1591, Pub. L. 89-810, § 105; Act of May 27, 1968, 82 Stat. 140, Pub. L. 90-320, § 8; Act of June 30, 1970, 84 Stat. 354, Pub. L. 91-297, § 111; Act of August 29, 1972, 86 Stat. 634, Pub. L. 92-410, § 116(c); Act of September 3, 1974, 88 Stat. 1036, Pub. L. 93-407, § 104(c); Act of June 19, 1976, D.C. Law 1-73, § 3(c); Act of May 18, 1978, D.C. Law 2-76, § 3.