Knoxville city leaders plan to meet in December to discuss government employees' wages.
This comes after a study (2014 General Employee & Public Safety Total Compensation Studies) revealed pay for firefighters and police officers in Knoxville is below the market average.
The city of Knoxville paid Segal Waters Consulting $215,000 to complete the study. It broke city pay into three categories: general employees, police and fire.
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The study showed Knoxville's police and fire wages are about 12 percent to 13 percent below market average.
Segal Waters Consulting looked at both base pay and total compensation costs which includes health and retirement benefits.
With base pay and benefits, a Knoxville Police Department (KPD) recruit makes about $45,392 compared to the market average minimum of $46,363. The gap is much larger higher up the ladder; a KPD Police Captain makes about $86,570 compared to the market average of $99,399.
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