The salary of a New York state court officer trainee reflects the high standards associated with the profession. Entry into this field requires passage of an initial exam and several assessments, such as medical screening, physical ability, psychological assessment and a background investigation. An evaluation board then reviews the candidate prior to acceptance as a court officer trainee.
The salary for the New York State court officer trainee is determined by a pay scale. After notification of acceptance, the candidate enters the academy for a 14-week training program. At this time, New York State designates the court officer trainee at the Judicial 14 level, which qualifies the trainee to receive an annual salary of $39,771. This salary is good as of April 1, 2010 and can be modified by additional monetary benefits.
New York State includes several additional monetary benefits to the court officer trainee. After successful completion of the 14-week academy and when the trainee is in the field, he can add to his income by becoming an appointee to several counties of employment. An annual location plan provides appointees an annual location pay increase of $3,697 for service in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties. For an appointment to Dutchess, Orange and Putnam Counties, the trainee receives an increase of $1,848. The state also provides an annual uniform allowance for the trainee.
An automatic promotion ensues after successful completion of the two-year program. The trainee moves from a judicial level 14 to a Judicial level 19, which entitles him to a minimum pay of $49,777 as of April 1, 2010. Another method to increase salary is through applying and passing promotional exams. These exams include those within the court office academy and the applicant background investigation unit as well as exams for court office sergeant, lieutenant, captain or major.
Although not monetary, part of the compensation package involves benefits. The first-year package includes 20 paid vacation days and 12 paid holidays. In addition, health insurance, retirement benefits and a deferred compensation option are available, Pre-tour prep leave time combines with a 35-hour week, limited weekend and evening assignments and a regular work schedule. After seven years of employment, the paid vacation days increase from 20 to 27 paid vacation days.