Trooper Benefits


Cadet troopers will receive $2,870.16 per month during academy training.

Staged Traffic StopUpon graduation this salary will increase to $3.157.18 monthly ($37,886.12 annually).

With increments regulated and set by legislative approval, employees receive annual increases with no top out level.

Troopers receive a 10-percent salary increase with each promotion.

Troopers also receive seven dollars per day for uniform maintenance.

Troopers also receive a $3,100.00 annual training stipend.

After completing the initial one year probationary period of a Trooper, employees receive a one-time 5% probationary increase.


Health Insurance: Troopers may choose one of a variety of health insurance plans offered with dependent coverage at additional charge.

Life Insurance: The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides a $20,000 term life insurance policy.

Vacation: Paid vacation time is accrued according to your years of service.

  • 0-4 years of employment 12 days per year.
  • 5-9 years of employment 15 days per year.
  • 10-14 years of employment 18 days per year.
  • 15 years & over of employment 21 days per year.

Sick Leave: You accrue one sick day for every month worked. You can accumulate up to one (1) year of sick time. Upon retirement, all accumulated sick leave goes towards your retirement.

Military Leave: Any trooper who is a member of the military reserve or National Guard is entitled to a maximum of 21 working days per year of paid military leave.

Holidays: Troopers receive 12 and ½ paid holidays per year.

2005 KSP CruiserEquipment: All troopers are provided uniforms, necessary weapons, vehicles and other essential equipment and supplies in order to perform their duties.

Retirement: After 25 years of service, employees are eligible for disbursement from their Kentucky Retirement System contribution plan, either in a lump sum or a monthly payment. Additionally, retirees receive a monthly allowance to apply to their health coverage based on their years of service.

Merit Pay Program, Job Security, State Run Deferred Compensation program, Opportunities for Growth and Advancement, and Take home car are also provided.

Advancement/Promotion for KSP Sworn Officers

KSP BadgeAfter five years of service Troopers attain the rank of Senior Trooper and an additional five- percent increase in salary.

Those with 60 semester hours can achieve this non-supervisory rank in three years.

Promotion to the supervisor ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain is based upon merit and prescribed criteria set out by statute to include testing and evaluation.

Promotional Ladder:

  • Sergeant - candidates are eligible to compete after six (6) years of service as a Trooper.
  • Lieutenant - candidates are eligible to compete after serving (1) year at the rank of Sergeant.
  • Captain - candidates are eligible to compete after serving (1) year at the rank of Lieutenant.

Sworn Officer Positions

K9 with Trooper There are many specialized positions in the Kentucky State Police that officers may choose to pursue, including:

  • Canine Handler
  • Pilot
  • Training Fitness Officer
  • Firearms/Range Officer
  • Executive Protection Officer
  • Special Response Team (SRT)
  • License Exam Officer
  • Academy Instructor
  • General Investigator
  • Drug Investigator
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Officer (STEP)

The Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police appoints all ranks above Captain.

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