Pay Increase Set for New MSP Hires

Maryland State Police are actively recruiting motivated young men and women to join one of the most prestigious law enforcement agencies in the state with an increased starting pay.

The Maryland State Police announces a salary increase for newly hired troopers as many law enforcement agencies around the country work to recruit qualified applicants. Effective January 1, 2022 the state will increase the starting pay of trooper candidates from $35,000 to $51,000.

Salary upon successful completion of the Maryland State Police Academy will be $55,704 per year. Upon graduation candidates with verifiable prior law enforcement experience will be eligible for advanced placement on the Troopers Salary Schedule on a year for year basis up to midpoint (Step 9).

The salary enhancement is a result of an agreement reached by the Maryland State Police, the State Law Enforcement Labor Alliance (SLEOLA) and the State of Maryland. This is a part of Governor Hogan’s recent law enforcement funding initiative to enhance public safety statewide.

The Maryland State Police is currently accepting applications for an Academy Class, slated to begin January 2022. The 153rd Maryland State Police Academy Class is almost at the half-way mark of their six months of training. Forty-two candidates are expected to graduate in March 2022 and join the ranks of Maryland’s Finest.

The minimum qualifications to apply to become a Maryland state trooper are as follows:

  • Trooper applicants must be at least 20 years of age, having not reached their 59th birthday.
  • Applicants must be a United States Citizen.
  • Applicants must become a Maryland resident upon graduation as Trooper.
  • Applicants must have a High School Diploma or GED before being hired.
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license in any state and have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Applicants must have sound morals and a clean drug history and criminal history.


MD Governor Larry Hogan  issued the following statement after the Maryland State Police announced that effective January 1, 2022, the state will increase the starting pay of trooper candidates by 45%:

Today, we are taking the first step in implementing our $150 million Re-Fund The Police Initiative by ensuring that we offer more competitive salaries to the troopers who will be putting their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. We need more investment in public safety so that we can recruit and retain quality officers, increase diversity, expand community policing efforts, improve training, and provide better technology and equipment.

“Instead of defunding the police, we are re-funding the police.