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Massachusetts State Trooper Salary

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How much does a Massachusetts State Trooper make?

State police officer is also called state trooper.  Massachusetts is the first state in history to create a state police force. State troopers’ mission is to enforce laws on state and federal highways and to assist in local police jurisdictions when it’s necessary. They are also known as highway patrol officers. State trooper is one of the highest paid jobs you can get.  The Boston Globe reported that almost one in ten state troopers make more than governor’s average salary of $140,535 in 2006. Of course it includes extra payment such as overtime compensation. Let’s start from the data of 2010, with regard to the base salary.

 

In Massachusetts, the recruits in training campus get biweekly salary of $840.80. A new state trooper gets $1,970.29, biweekly. When he’s more experienced, the state pays him $2468.28. In addition to base pay, the state pays for troopers’ overtime working, and gives educational incentives to the troopers who have law enforcement degrees from accredited schools.

Additionally, the benefit package includes health insurance, life insurance, tuition assistance, and state pension plan. And there are paid vacations, sick time, and personal days. If we take into consideration all the extra payment, the current state troopers in Massachusetts make an average of $81,000, annually. When you read this, you may think “why not join them?” However, this is one of the most sought-after positions, so there are a lot of competitions. Now let me introduce the job role and requirements.

Candidates must meet the following requirements before they apply (I only listed the most important ones, there are many other requirements, of course):

1. Age between 21 and 35 years old by the date of application deadline.

2. Must not smoke any tobacco product.

3. Must not have criminal records. I.e. any history of felony conviction or jail confinement will automatically disqualify him for the position.

4. Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.

6. Must be a Massachusetts resident and must possess driver’s license.

7. Must have passed the physical fitness test, medical examination and psychological test.

There are many other eligibility criteria, too. Candidates for hire into the position must meet all the criteria. It’s your responsibility to make sure you meet all the qualifications before moving further.

The shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete the training program at the State Police Academy. Recruits are required to live in the academy from Monday to Friday. The training program is both mentally and physically challenging, but a candidate has no other choice, if he wants to work as a state trooper. They are not trained in a relaxed, playful environment; rather, it’s a strict, paramilitary environment. Successful graduates will be employed as a state trooper.

It’s important to understand the duties of a state trooper in detail. Their missions include patrolling assigned areas, investigating traffic accidents, directing traffic, testifying in court, preventing and reducing general crimes, etc.

The state trooper has good chances of career advancement. They can be promoted if they pass the promotional exams. The higher positions are Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. But some positions should be appointed by the Colonel/Superintendent. They are the Major, Lt. Colonel, and Lt. Colonel/Deputy Superintendent.

 

 

 
 
 
 

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