State Trooper

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MSP Diversity





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: Fall 2020


The basic duties and responsibilities of every Maryland State Trooper include:

  • Enforcing the criminal and motor vehicle laws of the State of Maryland
  • Investigating traffic accidents
  • Investigating and completing criminal investigations
  • Providing basic medical attention to ill and injured persons
  • Issuing traffic citations and warnings
  • Interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects
  • Writing field reports
  • Arresting and processing suspects
  • Preparing cases for court and testifying in court
  • Working with community members and other government

The Maryland State Police offers a wide range of assignments for experienced Troopers. After graduation, field training and initial assignment to a field installation, you may request consideration for reassignment to specialized units, such as:

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automotive Safety Enforcement Division
  • Aviation Command
  • Canine Unit
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division
  • Computer Crimes
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Dive Team
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Executive Protection​
  • Forensic Sciences​
  • Homeland Security
  • Licensing Division
  • Media Communications
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Police Academy or Training Division
  • Recruiter
  • S.T.A.T.E. Team (SWAT)
  • Underwater Recovery Team

Current Trooper Starting Salary: $51,010.00 (upon graduation)

While in the academy, trooper candidates earn $35,000.00. Upon successful completion of the academy, the salary increases to $51,010.00, 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 hiring process is structured, rigorous and detailed. It is designed to help select those applicants who are most qualified. Below you will find an overview of the process. You must successfully complete each step to move on in the process.

The beginning step of the process is completing the first part of the onlin​e application, please click on the Online Application Link to receive further instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the goal of the Maryland State Police to hire applicants who possess the qualifications and the dedication to become a Trooper. Please understand that if you successfully complete all phases of this process, you MAY receive a Final Offer of Employment. Candidates are hired based upon the needs of the Department. Successful completion of all phases of the hiring process does not guarantee a Final Offer of Employment.

For questions regarding ADA considerations please contact the Recruitment Unit.


The Maryland State Police Recruitment and Selection Unit would appreciate information regarding the success of their Recruitment initiatives. Please complete and submit the Trooper/Cadet Interest Survey​. Please note the survey is anonymous.


In order to become a Maryland State Trooper, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen *or a permanent legal resident of the United
    States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed
    forces and has applied to obtain United States citizenship
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver’s license in any state and have a satisfactory driving record
  • Possess visual acuity correctable to 20/20, binocularly
  • Be at least 20 years of age but not older than 59
  • Be in excellent physical condition
  • Have a good reputation and sound moral character
  • Not have any current court orders relating to domestic violence
  • Be truthful in every stage of the application process
  • Comply with our tattoo policy​



The Maryland State Police is actively seeking military veterans for the Trooper position.

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 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. government Web site at