Pennsylvania State Police Cadet Information

Effective July 1, 2018, Cadets receive a salary of $1,376.80 biweekly, before deductions, during the training period.


Cadets, upon appointment, are required to join the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS). Cadets contribute 6.25% of their gross salary to SERS. The Commonwealth is required to make a State-share contribution, with the percentage rate set by SERS.


Cadets are eligible for State-paid group life insurance equivalent to their annual salary after 90 days of employment.  Upon promotion to Trooper, the maximum insurance payment is $50,000.


Cadets are eligible to enroll in medical/hospital coverage only. A payroll deduction of 2% of biweekly gross salary is charged for single enrollment in the least expensive plan in the Cadet's county of residence. Cadets may elect to enroll in a more expensive medical plan with an additional payroll deduction for plan buy-up. Cadets may also elect to cover eligible family members by paying the cost for a family plan via payroll deduction.


Note:  Current Commonwealth employees will not continue to receive supplemental benefits (prescription, dental, vision) as they are canceled upon appointment as a State Police Cadet.


Upon promotion to the rank of Trooper, members and their dependents are eligible for additional benefits, i.e., 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.


Cadets are not eligible for overtime compensation or shift differential.