State Patrol Cadet/Trooper Pay and Benefits

Cadets currently start at $5,923 per month while attending the Colorado State Patrol Training Academy. Upon graduation from the Academy and successful completion of the Field Training Program, Cadets then gain the title of "Trooper" and their salary is increased to $7,056 per month.

Colorado State Patrol Pay Scale
FY July 2018- June 2019




$100 Uniform Allowance
Minimum Mo.

Cadet (during the 28-week Academy and the 8 to10-week field training) and Lateral Cadet (when class scheduled)








* Troopers receive $100 per month uniform allowance in addition to the salary information above.
NOTE: Colorado uses a minimum to maximum pay scale. All cadets will begin at the same starting salary, regardless of previous experience or life history.

Disability Retirement

As a state trooper, you are eligible to apply for disability retirement benefits immediately if your disability is sustained during the performance of your duties. The maximum benefit is 50 percent of your HAS, unless you have more than 20 years of actual service, in which case you will receive an additional 2.5 percent for each year over 20. For more information please visit:

Retirement Benefits

You qualify for a service or reduced service retirement benefit when you meet the age and service credit requirements for one of the following benefits:

Service Retirement
Minimum Service Credit Minimum Age
30 years Any Age
25 years 50
20 years 55
5 years 65


Reduced Service Retirement
Minimum Service Credit Minimum Age
20 years 50
5 years 60

Veterans Preference

Veterans' preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for government employment, and acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled veterans. Therefore, the U.S. Congress and the Colorado Constitution have authorized the awarding of preference to certain veterans. Your DD214 is required as part of the application process. For more information regarding Veterans Preference you may contact the agency's Human Resources Analyst: Michelle Chancey at

Colorado State Trooper Uniforms Are Provided

All sworn officer uniforms are provided by the patrol. This includes: vest, sidearm, boots, pants, shirt, and hat. The standard issue includes winter and summer uniform items. As items are turned in from normal wear and tear they are replaced at no cost to our members.

The following benefits are provided by the State of Colorado:

  • Health Insurance - A variety of health insurance plans are available to state employees and their families. The cost of each plan depends on the services provided.
  • Life Insurance - A life insurance policy is provided to each employee at no cost to the employee.
  • Dental Insurance - A dental insurance plan is available to state employees and their families. Click here for more information.
  • Annual Leave/Sick Leave - Annual leave and Sick leave are accrued each month, the amount of leave increases with the length of service.
  • Paid Holidays - State of Colorado employees receive approximately ten paid holidays each year.

For more information about Colorado Department of Public Safety, State of Colorado Benefits contact:
Rhonda Johnson