State Trooper Salary (United States)

Most State Troopers in the United States are men, earning an average of $50,630 annually. Compensation starts at $36,364 and can reach $82,959 per year. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most State Troopers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
State Trooper Salary (?
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$36,478 - $81,742
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MEDIAN: $50,682
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State Trooper Salary (?
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$14.74 - $38.35
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,478 - $81,742  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$36,364 - $82,959  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $38.35  
   
Overtime
$19.65 - $60.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,364 - $82,959  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for State Trooper

  • Log and file all interactions and activities.
  • Assist at accident and crime sites to ensure public safety.
  • Patrol assigned areas providing traffic and law enforcement.
  • Perform searches and arrests.

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Pay by Experience Level for State Trooper

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay increases are minimal for State Troopers just starting out. Salaries only go from $45K to $45K after a decade. Pay amounts to $56K after 10 to 20 years. State Troopers experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Experience Affects State Trooper Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
National Average
$51,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 6%
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