State Trooper, Maryland State Police
MARYLAND STATE POLICE TROOPER
While the basic duties of a Trooper include investigating traffic crashes, issuing citations, writing reports and enforcing the laws of Maryland, our Troopers do so much more.
For over 95 years, Maryland State Troopers have served the citizens of Maryland by fighting crime and promoting roadway safety. As the lead law enforcement agency in Maryland, the Maryland State Police offer a wide range of exciting assignments and specialized units that are as diverse as our team of Troopers.
Next Scheduled Academy Class: September 2021
We are still hiring and accepting applications. We are currently hiring for the next academy class, scheduled for Summer 2021. Please feel free to contact any member of the Recruitment & Selection Unit with any questions or concerns.
Current Trooper Starting Salary: $53,561 (upon graduation)
While in the academy, trooper candidates earn $35,000.00. Upon successful completion of the academy, the salary increases to $53,561, which does not include shift differential, uniform allowance, overtime, and other incentives.
The Maryland State Police offers a comprehensive compensation package for its Troopers. In addition to the starting salary (which begins your first day in the Academy), MSP also offers:
- Salary increases annually for 18 years: Upon your hiring date anniversary you will receive an increase in your salary. All steps must be funded annually by the State Legislature and are not guaranteed.
- Associate Degree can be earned from the Academy at no cost to the employee.
- Assigned Vehicle: each Trooper will be assigned an agency take home vehicle. (this privilege may be suspended or revoked in accordance with department policy).
- Bilingual, Fitness and Collegiate degree financial incentives: MSP will provide a financial incentive to those employees who meet the conditions associated with these programs.
- Automatic, non-competitive promotions to Trooper First Class, Senior Trooper and Master Trooper:
- Trooper First Class: a Trooper will be promoted to the rank of Trooper First Class when she/he has completed three years of service with the MSP and met all procedural requirements.
- Senior Trooper: a Trooper First Class will be promoted to the rank of Senior Trooper when she/he has completed 10 years of service with the MSP and met all procedural requirements.
- Master Trooper: a Senior Trooper will be promoted to the rank of Master Trooper when she/he has completed 15 years of service with the MSP and met all procedural requirements.
- All Uniforms & Equipment provided by the Department.
- Paid Leave
- Vacation: 10 – 25 days per year, based on years of service (may accrue up to 600 hours)
- Sick Leave: 15 days per year (may accrue unlimited sick leave).
- Personal Leave: 6 days per year
- Holidays: 11 days per year
- Military Leave: 15 days per year (maximum) for members of the Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard
- Health Insurance: The State Police subsidizes 80% of the cost of health insurance (PPO, POS or HMO).
- Family & Medical Leave: Twelve weeks per year available for all Troopers to care for a child or family member.
Retirement: It is mandatory that Troopers retire at the age of 60. Troopers participate in a liberal pension program which permits voluntary retirement after 25 years of creditable service or at the age of 50. Troopers with prior military service may be credited with up to five years of Maryland State Police time toward retirement after completing 10 years of creditable service with the department.
Secondary Employment: Troopers who have average or above average job performance are permitted to engage in approved forms of secondary employment.
Blood Assurance Program: Several blood drives are conducted each year to benefit MSP employees and their families.
Death Benefits: Death benefits consisting of your retirement contributions (plus interest) and a percentage of your final salary will be paid to your beneficiaries in the event of a line-of-duty death. The exact amounts vary with your years of service.
The information presented above is meant as an overview of the benefits offered by the Maryland State Police. For specific details on any of the above information, please contact the Recruitment Unit.
THE FIRST STEP IN THE TROOPER/CADET APPLICATION PROCESS
To begin the Maryland State Police application process for the Trooper or Cadet positions you will be required to complete the first part of the Trooper/Cadet Application.*
*Applicants without internet access may contact the Maryland State Police Recruitment and Selection Unit at 410-653-4348 for alternative instructions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO APPLY AND THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS PLEASE USE THE LINKS ABOVE FOR TROOPER APPLICANTS AND CADET APPLICANTS.
APPLICANTS THAT RESIDE OUTSIDE OF MD, DE, NJ, PA, VA AND WV MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CONDENSED APPLICATION PROCESS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE.
UNDER MARYLAND POLICE TRAINING COMMISSION REGULATIONS EACH CANDIDATE MUST BE ABSENT OF CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE USE (3) THREE YEARS PRIOR TO APPLICANT ORIENTATION.
MARYLAND STATE POLICE IS SEEKING ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD!
The Maryland State Police is actively seeking active military, veterans and members of The National Guard to serve as Troopers.
As part of Maryland’s continuing commitment to our veterans, we are working to connect veterans with available services and programs. If you would like your contact information to be shared with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) and other State agencies please contact Recruitment Unit.
The Maryland State Police offers eligible military personnel, veterans, and their dependents the ability to utilize their GI Bill® Educational Benefits. The GI Bill® can be utilized throughout the Maryland State Police Academy, field training, and through the 16 month probationary period to follow. Military personnel are encouraged to visit http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for further information.
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.