Wichita police officers paid more than you think

Despite the rhetoric we hear about police officers being grossly underpaid, people employed by the Wichita Police Department in 2014 were making more than you might think.

Of the 836 people employed by the department’s $83 million budget, only nine members of the top brass were paid over $100,000.

Another 23 high ranking officers were paid between $90,000 and $99,999.

70 officers were paid between $80,000 and $89,999.

78 officers were paid between $70,000 and $79,999.

221 officers were paid between $60,000 and $69,999.

147 officers were paid between $50,000 and $59,999.

66 officers were paid between $40,000 and $49,999.

And only 64 officers were paid under $40,000, many of whom did not work the entire year.

The total number of employees we were able to identify 2014 salaries for was 678. Personnel employed in secretarial and other support positions are not readily identifiable as employees of the department, so their salaries are not included.

These are the ranks and salaries of the employees making over $90,000 annually:

Captain John Bannister


Interim Chief Nelson Mosely


Sergeant Jeffrey Swanson


Deputy Chief John Speer


Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah


Lieutenant Todd Ojile


Lieutenant Kevin Mears


Lieutenant Paul Shields


Lieutenant Kevin Vaughn


Sergeant Donald Story


Detective Ronald Trollope


Lieutenant Mitchell Dunbar


Sergeant Michael O’Brien


Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler


Captain Michael Allred


Detective Jason Miller


Detective Bryan Martin


Captain Troy Livingston


Lieutenant Randall Reynolds


Captain Scott Heimerman


Lieutenant Steven Kenney


Lieutenant Jeffrey Allen


Captain Jeffrey Weible


Captain Russell Leeds


Lieutenant Christopher Halloran


Lieutenant Clark Wiemeyer


Lieutenant Richard Brunow


Captain Brian White


Captain Douglas Nolte


Lieutenant Clay Germany


Sergeant Michael Thode


Captain Daniel East


It is important to note that this data is from 2014. Some of these officers may have new ranks, and slightly different salaries. All data derived from kansasopengov.org

2 thoughts on “Wichita police officers paid more than you think

  1. I believe the argument is that Wichita officers receive sub-standard pay compared to similar sized departments in this part of the country.

  2. funny…. those officers fall under federal wage and overtime laws. When they are on 15 hour long SWAT call-outs, Bomb calls, or homicides, they get time and one half overtime pay. there is no way around paying them according to the law. Also, all of them have been on the department 20+ years which means they are topped out in pay, so their overtime rate is probably $70 or $75 an hour. This pay/wages are in line with what officers receive across the country. You won’t get qualified, educated and dedicated people to work in law enforcement for minimum wage?!?

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