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Trooper Benefits

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

Upon graduation, this salary will increase to $3,157.18 monthly ($37,886.12 annually).

A table that shows the pay increases throughout a Trooper's career can be found at: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=45276

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

Troopers also receive seven dollars per day for uniform maintenance.

Troopers also receive a $4,000.00 annual training stipend (effective August 1, 2016).


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 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 or more 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.

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 11-1/2 paid holidays per year. (12-1/2 in years if there is a presidential election.)

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Equipment: All troopers are provided uniforms, necessary weapons, vehicles and other essential equipment and supplies 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 from an accredited college or univeristy 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

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  • 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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