Looking for a job? Oklahoma City offering sign-on bonuses for certain positions

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Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is seen from the air, July 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – If you are looking for a job, the City of Oklahoma City is hoping to attract new employees with sign-on bonuses.

The city says it is offering sign-on bonuses ranging from $2,500 to $5,500 for 24 difficult to fill job classifications.

“We have an unprecedented number of job openings right now and are facing similar challenges in recruiting and retaining employees as other industries and job sectors,” City Manager Craig Freeman said. “We have spent months listening to potential, current and previous employees as well as leadership in all City Departments and believe if we can recruit quality people into these hard to fill positions, we anticipate they will stay and grow in our organization.”

The jobs range from entry level positions that don’t require a high school diploma to highly skilled jobs that require degrees.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma City is tied with Salt Lake City for the lowest unemployment rate reported for large metropolitan areas across the nation.

New employees hired into positions that qualify for the incentive will receive their bonus up front. They must sign an agreement requiring them to repay the money if their employment ends before the end of their probationary period. Probationary periods vary based upon job classification.

This is a list of job classifications approved for a signing bonus and the bonus amount:


  • 911 Dispatcher I – Trainee
  • Animal Welfare Officer I  
  • Animal Welfare Representative
  • Civil Engineer II
  • Collection and Distribution Trainee – Technician
  • Crew Worker II
  • Grounds Maintenance Operator I – Trainee
  • Meter Reader
  • Plant Operator III
  • Police Report Clerk
  • Program Planner
  • Refuse Collector Trainee


  • Construction Equipment Operator I
  • Construction Equipment Operator II
  • Grounds Maintenance Operator II


  • Building Heat and Air Mechanic
  • Building Inspector, Provisional
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Veterinarian


  • Fire Apparatus Mechanic
  • Master Mechanic
  • Skilled Trades Worker


  • Fire Recruit
  • Police Recruit

To apply, log on to the city’s website.

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