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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 the job classification specifications page. Salary ranges can also be found in the Salary Schedules, see the Current Labor Agreements page.

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 various labor agreements and memoranda of understandings (MOUs) see the Current Labor Agreements page.

Rules and Regulations

To establish an equitable and uniform procedure for dealing with personnel matters, the City has adopted various rules, polices, and Administrative Memorandums. To view, visit the Rules, Regulations, Policies page.

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.

Retirement Tier Hire Date Benefit Formula
Miscellaneous (Classic) Before 12/22/2012 2.5% @ 55
Miscellaneous (2nd Tier) After 12/22/2012 2% @ 60
Safety Police (Classic) Before 12/22/2012 3% @ 50
Safety Police (2nd Tier) After 12/22/2012 2% @ 50
PEPRA Misc (3rd Tier) After 01/01/2013 2% @ 62
PEPRA Safety Police (3rd Tier) After 01/01/2013 2.7% @ 57

 
Each employee pays the cost of the CalPERS member contribution.

Employer Contribution rates effective July 1, 2020 are:

Benefit Level FY 2020-21 Unfunded Liability 2020-21
Miscellaneous (Classic and 2nd Tier) 10.097% $3,299,507.00
Safety Police (Classic) 25.540% $5,156,281.00
Safety Police (2nd Tier) 19.825% $2,713.00
PEPRA Misc (3rd Tier) 12.972% n/a
PEPRA Safety Police (3rd Tier) 13.884% $5,689.00

 
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 agreements on the Current Labor Agreements page.  

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