Salary / Benefits


  • After graduating the Academy, a Trooper's starting base salary will be $64,637.
  • Additional earnings will be received for shift differential and overtime accordingly. 


  • 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 per calendar year.
  • Troopers receive 4* personal days per calendar year.

*This information is subject to change with the effective dates of new labor contracts. Contact a recruiter for pay range and additional details.



The Pennsylvania State Police issues Veterans Preference Points upon successful completion of the qualifying examination process.  In addition to Veterans Preference, the GI Bill® can be utilized during both the initial 28 week Pennsylvania State Police Academy Basic Training, and also during the 12 month Probationary Period. Veterans have the opportunity to meet with the Bureau of Training and Education GI Bill® Certifying Official to apply for the GI Bill® upon reporting to the Academy.

GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at


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.