State Trooper Salary (United States)

Very much a male dominated career in the United States, State Troopers earn an average of $50,630 per year. Pay generally spreads from $36,364 to $82,959 per year. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; the vast majority people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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.
At career start, salaries are typically $45K, which grows only modestly to $45K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $56K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and State Troopers tend to earn $69K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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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