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State Trooper Salary

When a recruit first gets hired as a state trooper, they make a certain amount that is set by the state and agency they are working for during their training period. This is going to vary from state to state because of the cost of living. The average salary for a state trooper as of 2010 is $32,000 annually. The reference for this statistic was a job listing site, that took all of the job listings that list a salary for a state trooper position and then it was averaged.

 

Location Affects Salary of a State Trooper

The location in which you live and are applying is going to have a lot to do with how much you can make as a state trooper. The cost of living in places like California and New York is going to be much higher than some of the more rural states, therefore the wages that are paid in those states tend to be higher as well to make up the difference. A lot of the time you are going to make more as a state trooper when you have more experience on the job. Even just one year of experience on the job can get you up to $5,000 more than you would be making when you first signed up as a recruit. There is a cap set though to limit the amount one can earn, simply because in some states troopers were making over $140,000, which is a large amount more than they probably should have been making.

There are lots of benefits that a state trooper gets that are not included in that nice annual salary. This can be paid sick leave, uniforms, vacations, and there are even some states that pay for the upkeep of the uniform as well. You will have to check with your agency and state to see what the specific benefits are.

Training & Education - It really depends on which state you are trying to become a trooper in, but the basic requirements are generally the same. There will usually be a minimum age requirement, along with physical requirements and certain training programs that you will have to go through. The police academy is going to last 3-4 months usually, and give the candidate every skill that they need to have success in the field of law enforcement.

 

 

 
 
 
 

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