Men make up the majority of State Troopers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $54K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,633 - $84,271
$36K
$54K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,712
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$10.45 - $39.45
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,633 - $84,271  
   
Bonus
$2,350  
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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$34,770 - $85,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $39.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$133.33  
Overtime
$15.15 - $73.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,350  
   
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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$34,770 - $85,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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Job Description for State Trooper

State troopers are employed by state governments to perform police officer duties. A large amount of the state trooper's time is spent in a police station filing necessary paperwork. This is also where suspects that have been arrested or detained are taken for interrogation; once the trooper takes a suspect into custody, they must question them to obtain information about the alleged crime that has occurred. In the police station, they may also interview victims or witnesses for more information on a case. State troopers may also spend a significant amount of time in a court of law, providing testimony against alleged suspects that they have encountered. To recount this information accurately, state troopers are trained to record all information about an arrest right after the arrest is made. Testimony in front of a grand jury is also common.

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State Trooper Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for State Trooper

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $48K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $48K. State Troopers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $68K.

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Key Stats for State Trooper

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects State Trooper Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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