Current Starting Salary

Current Starting Salary:

While the starting salary for a cadet is modest, the most significant advantage to becoming a cadet is that your time as a cadet will count toward your retirement.

The Maryland State Police offers a comprehensive compensation package for its Cadets. In addition to the starting salary (which begins your first day of employment), MSP also offers:

Salary Increases each year for 18 years based on the current Salary Scale. All steps must be funded annually by the State Legislature and are not guaranteed.

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). At retirement, unused sick leave will be credited toward your monthly compensation.
  • 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.

Blood Assurance Program: several blood drives are conducted each year to benefit MSP employees and their families.

Death Benefits: death benefits consistng 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.