State Trooper Salary

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 $52K per year. The particular firm and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The majority of State Troopers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,956 - $82,323
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,030
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90%

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$14.92 - $38.05
(Median)
$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,956 - $82,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$34,604 - $83,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $38.05  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $60.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$34,604 - $83,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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

  • 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.


State Troopers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $47K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $49K. State Troopers bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $66K.

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Experience Affects State Trooper Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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