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State Trooper Position Information


For graduates after July 1, 2022, starting salary is $65,763. Overtime pay and shift differential are paid as applicable.

Additional Benefits & Information

  • Troopers are granted an annual clothing allowance of $600* for clothing maintenance.
  • Troopers earn 10* vacation days during their first year of employment and then 15 days of vacation beginning with their second year of employment.
  • Troopers earn 15* sick days per calendar year.
  • Troopers receive 12* paid holidays and four personal days per calendar year.
    *This information is subject to change with the effective dates of new labor contracts.

Upon graduation and promotion to the rank of Trooper, members and their dependents are eligible for Health Care Program, Dental Care Program, Vision Care Plan, Prescription Drug Program, and a Health Reimbursement Account. The Commonwealth pays the entire cost of all coverage for the Trooper and their eligible family members.

NOTE: Cadets are excluded from representation by the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association (PSTA) for collective bargaining purposes.

Job Duties

Job duties include providing patrol, criminal investigation, and staff support services. Troopers provide for the regulation of traffic, crime scene response and investigation, and maintaining public order and security. Duties are usually performed independently and require the ability to recognize immediate problem areas. Troopers must make responsible decisions and take the appropriate corrective action without the benefit of close supervision. Troopers operate in situations that are often stressful or dangerous in nature.

Essential Job Functions

The Pennsylvania State Police has identified several job duties which are essential to an individual who holds the position of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper. These essential job functions include:

"...interprets laws and statutes of the Commonwealth; pursues suspects; effects arrests; qualifies with and, when necessary, uses agency firearms and other self-defense devices; operates vehicles and uses equipment in conjunction with law enforcement duties; responds to emergencies, civil disorders, and disasters; and performs rescue functions."

Each Pennsylvania State Police Trooper has a corresponding job description that contains the language above and also contains specific duties for the position they hold. Upon promotion to the rank of Trooper and assignment to a field installation, a job description will be formulated which outlines the majority of the duties a Trooper must be able to perform in successfully completing their duties.

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The Pennsylvania State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer