Life as a State Trooper

As valued members of our community, State Troopers are offered generous benefit packages and promotional opportunities designed to encourage rewarding careers in law enforcement.

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As a statewide law enforcement agency, our ranks come from all throughout the Commonwealth. We strive to support initiatives, programs, and events all throughout Massachusetts to foster community and build meaningful relationships with those we serve.

Pink Patch Project

Pink Patch

The Massachusetts State Police proudly participates in the Pink Patch Project. As a collaborative effort between public safety agencies nationwide, the Pink Patch Project seeks to raise funds for the treatment, research, and care of those that are battling or have battled breast cancer. To raise awareness, efforts include the creation of vibrantly pink versions of each agency's respective uniform patches or equipment.

For more information on the nationwide campaign and how it started, please visit here.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

As part of our ongoing commitment to the safety of the public and community events, we're a proud supporter of the Boston Marathon. Hosted as an annual marathon in the Greater Boston area, the Boston Marathon has a long history of encouraging health and friendly competition. Attracting athletes and spectators from around the world, the annual event serves as a foundation of community in the Greater Boston area and the Massachusetts State Police strives to provide security and support to all.

Boston's 4th of July Celebrations

4th of July celebrations

Independence Day is often a large scale celebration in Boston as many gather to watch fireworks and enjoy many of the events going on throughout Boston and on the waterfront of the Charles River. The Massachusetts State Police supports these annual celebrations with a multi-faceted security response in close collaboration with other public security partners. Additionally, these celebrations serve as an opportunity to engage with our communities directly.

Promotional opportunities


It's important to us to encourage professional growth and development. To promote this, we offer promotional exams for the following positions:

  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain

The following positions can be appointed by the Colonel or Superintendent:

  • Detective Lieutenant
  • Detective Captain
  • Major
  • Lt. Colonel
  • Lt. Colonel/Deputy Superintendent

The Colonel/Superintendent is appointed by the Governor.


To attract qualified candidates and to ensure our employees are fairly compensated, we strive to offer competitive compensation for the work our State Troopers do. As of 2020, the starting salary for State Troopers is $69,542.

In addition to base salaries, there are additional compensation opportunities that come with the job.

Please note that this information, such as starting salary, is subject to change and may not always reflect the most up to date information.


Our benefits include:

  • Competitive wages
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition remission for participating colleges and universities
  • Equipment and uniforms
  • Deferred compensation

Additional Resources for Benefits

Annual leave

As part of our annual leave package, we offer:

  • 11 paid holidays
  • 3 personal leave days
  • 15 sick leave days
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation during the first year of service, which increases with seniority
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