Salary and Benefits - State Trooper

Current Starting Salary: $35,000.00

Upon successful completion of the academy the salary will increase to $48,099, salary listing does not include shift differential, uniform allowance or overtime.

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 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

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.