The average wage of Port of Tacoma security officers will reach $83,824 yearly at the end of a new four-year contract approved by the Port of Tacoma commission Thursday.
The contract, under negotiation for more than a year, will give those officers a $1,000 ratification bonus on their first pay day after the commission’s approval and annual 1.5 percent increase on April 1 beginning this year and extending through April 1, 2015.
The port employs 16 full-time and 21 relief officers to patrol the port’s terminals and roadways.
The security officers, who are represented by the Longshore Union, received an average wage increase of 3.8 percent during their prior, four-year contract. Union members ratified that new contract in December.
Fringe benefit costs for the port will also escalate under the new deal. Salaries and fringe benefits costs now total $114,072. At the end of the new contract those costs will hit $115,766.