Starting Wages

(base rate, without geographical differentials, premium pay, shift differentials, standby pay factored in)

  • State Trooper Recruit
$34.98/hour ($72,768/year)
 
  • State Trooper Recruit with a Bachelor degree or higher
$36.29/hour ($75,492/year)

Applicants with a current police certification and at least one year of experience may qualify for higher rates of pay:
 
  • State Trooper Lateral
Experience:
1 year: $37.66/hour ($78,324/year)
2 years: $39.07/hour ($81,264/year)
3 years: $40.53/hour ($84,312/year)
4 years: $42.05/hour ($87,468/year)
5 years: $43.63/hour ($90,744/year)
6+ years: $45.27/hour ($94,152/year)
 (Bachelor’s degree add 3.75% to above salaries)
 

Alaska Cost of Living

While the cost of living in some places in Alaska is accounted for in our geographic pay differentials, some applicants like to know how costs compare in our training posts.  Feel free to use the tool below to compare the cost of living in Palmer, Fairbanks or Soldotna to that of your current home town:

http://smartasset.com/mortgage/cost-of-living-calculator
 

Vacation/Leave Accrual

Trooper pay is based upon geographical assignment. Pay rates can increase up to 60% from the base rate, depending on assignment location.

<2 years of service=14 hours per month
2-5 years=17.5 hours per month
5-10 years=21 hours per month
10-15 years=24.5 hours per month
15+ years of service=28 hours per month

Leave can be cashed in at the standard hourly rate.  For complete details see the Public Safety Employees’ Association Collective Bargaining Agreement at: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/fileadmin/LaborRelations/pdf/contracts/PSEA2017-2020.pdf