Salary Structure

The City of Arlington offers a competitive salary range for all positions, based on the salaries paid among the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex cities. Changes to compensation are determined annually as part of the budget process and generally become effective the first payroll in October, which is the start of our fiscal year.  See current Salary Structure.


As a City Employee, you will be provided with an excellent benefit package at a cost to the employee that is far less than other area companies and public entities. All employees have 12 paid holidays each year and accrue both sick leave and vacation leave based on years of service. 

Educational Assistance

Full-time employees who have completed probation can seek reimbursement for courses that are related to their present position or a possible promotional position. The City of Arlington will reimburse up to a maximum of $2500 per employee, per calendar year for undergraduate courses and $4000 for pursuing higher level degree programs. Employees will be reimbursed for college tuition, applicable professional certification, licensing and testing preparation fees that are not a condition of employment, and are not paid through the City's travel and training budget.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

The City provides limited free counseling services to our employees through a 24 hour hotline and referral service.

Flexible Spending/Dependent Care

Employees have the option of utilizing spending accounts permitted under the IRS code to pay for various medical, dental, vision or dependent care costs on a pretax basis.

Health Insurance

We provide a self insured Health Plan, and currently use United Health Care as our administrator. Employees can choose from different plans, including a high deductible health plan eligible to be matched with a Health Savings Account that allows the use of pretax dollars for related expenses. Funds in a Health Savings Account roll over from year to year, and can be used during retirement to pay for medical related expenses and some premiums (IRS Publication 969). All employee premiums for health insurance are deducted from employees payroll checks on a pretax basis.

Life Insurance

Employees are provided with Term Life Insurance equal to 2 times salary fully paid by the City.

Long Term Disability Insurance

Employees are provided with Long Term Disability Insurance fully paid by the City. The plan provides replacement income at a rate of 60% of base salary in the event of a disability that extends beyond 120 days.

Savings Programs

The City of Arlington offers employee the unique opportunity to defer income by participating in a 401k Savings Program, and earn a matching contribution from the City (your contribution is matched by the City at 50% of the first 6% of your base salary). In addition, the City offers employees the opportunity to defer income in a 457 Plan or a Roth Plan. All plans are currently administered by ICMA-RC, and offer a full range of investment options.


The City of Arlington offers a retirement plan through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). TMRS is a hybrid plan with a 2x employer match that offers a lifetime annuity after vesting and guaranteed return. Employees are required to contribute 7% of their income on a pretax basis. Additional term life insurance is provided through TMRS at 1X salary while an employee, and then a fixed term life insurance benefit of $7,500 after retirement.

Voluntary Insurance Plans

The City sponsors several voluntary plans for our employees including Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Term Life Insurance with Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Spouse Life Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Critical Illness and Medical Gap Income coverage. Plans are offered at group rates which are often lower than through private purchase. Employees electing voluntary coverage make their payments through the convenience of payroll deduction.

Wellness Program

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All City Employees are eligible to participate in the wellness program to maintain or improve overall health and well-being.

The wellness program provides activities that create health awareness, knowing your numbers and taking action. Employees have the ability to qualify for medical plan premium differential.