Employee/Labor Relations


Employee Compensation

The City of Buena Park believes that information regarding City employee compensation be readily available to the public in an open, accessible, easy-to-read, and transparent fashion.  To see the salary range for any City position, see job classification specifications page. Salary ranges can also be found in the Salary Schedule and each bargaining units' labor agreement which are listed below.

Salary ranges for each position are composed of six steps - Step 1 through Step 6 (except management positions). Each step represents an increase of approximately 5%.

To view the latest year-end Public Employee Compensation Report, which reflects total compensation including overtime costs, pensions costs and other pays for all city positions, please click here.  

Alternatively, the State Controller's database of Government Compensation in California website provides information and reports on employee pay and benefits in a searchable manner for all cities in California by clicking here.

To view the Current Salary Schedule (Effective July 13, 2019) for all Job Classifications, please click here. Special Compensation requirements are incorporated in each respective employee contract, MOU, and Compensation Plan below and were previously approved in a public meeting by the City Council. 

Employee/Labor Relations

The Human Resources Department works with City departments to interpret labor agreements, address and resolve employee grievances, and assist with employee disciplinary processes. The department also investigates discrimination and harassment complaints, and conducts random drug and alcohol testing of employees to comply with federal requirements. The Director of Human Resources and Risk Management serves as the chief negotiator representing the City's interests during contract negotiations with various employee associations. To view the City's memoranda of understandings (MOUs), or City/Labor agreements, please click the links below :

City Employees Association MOU and Salary Schedule

Executive/Management Employees Compensation Plan and Salary Schedule

Police Association MOU and Salary Schedule

Police Management Association MOU and Salary Schedule

Technical, Office and Professional Association MOU and Salary Schedule

City Council Compensation

City Manager Employment Agreement

Police Chief Employment Agreement 

City Clerk Employment Agreement

Personnel Rules and Regulations

Employee Handbook


Retirement Plans/Benefits

The City of Buena Park participates in the California Public Employee's Retirement System (CalPERS). City employees do not participate in Social Security.

Employees hired before 12/22/2012, all active member of CalPERS shall be under the following formulas: 3% @ 50 for Safety Personnel and 2.5% @ 55 for Miscellaneous Personnel (Classic).

Employees hired after 12/22/2012, all active members of CalPERS shall be under the following formulas: 2% @ 50 for Safety Personnel and 2% @ 60 for Miscellaneous Personnel (2nd Tier).

Employees hired after 01/01/2013, all new members to CalPERS shall be under the following formulas: 2.7% @ 57 for Safety Personnel and 2% @ 62 for Miscellaneous Personnel (PEPRA or 3rd Tier).

Each employee pays the cost of the CalPERS member contribution.

Employer Contribution rates effective July 1, 2019 for Classic or 2nd Tier plans are:

  • Miscellaneous Plan - 9.594% + $3,005,772 Employer Payment of Unfunded Liability
  • Safety Plan Classic - 23.654% + $4,563,480 Employer Payment of Unfunded Liability
  • Safety Plan 2nd Tier - 18.183% + $1,455 Employer Payment of Unfunded Liability

Employer Contribution rates effective July 1, 2019 for PEPRA or 3rd Tier plans are:

  • Miscellaneous Plan 3rd Tier - 12.972%
  • Safety Plan 3rd Tier - 13.786% + $2,260 Employer Payment of Unfunded Liability

The City offers an attractive benefits package, including:

  • Vacation, holiday, and management leave programs
  • CalPERS Medical insurance program
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Education incentive allowance
  • A 457 deferred compensation program
  • Flexible Benefit Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Gym

For more details on benefits, please see the corresponding bargaining unit agreement above.  

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