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Honoring Tradition, Pursuing Excellence: Join Louisiana State Police


Effective 01/08/2024, Cadets now enjoy an entrance rate of $56,000 annually, $59,410.40 upon successfully completing the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program, and $61,192.71 after one year of service.
  • Beginning salary of $4,666 per month while attending the Academy.
  • After completion of the FTO Program, a salary of $4,950.86 per month.
  • After one year, a salary of at least $5,099.39* per month.
  • Monthly expense account for uniform maintenance and footwear purchases.
  • Uniforms, weapons, and equipment are provided by the Department.
  • Individually assigned patrol cars, including off-duty use.
  • Excellent medical and retirement benefits.
  • Vacation and sick leave accrued at an hourly rate
  • A portion of the total cost of group life and health insurance is paid by the state.
  • Troopers belonging to a reserve component of the armed forces and placed on active military duty are granted up to 15 days leave with pay per year and are entitled to leave without pay should longer periods of active duty be necessary.
  • Active Duty Service members in training receive an additional approximate monthly allowance of $1,700 through the GI Bill.
  • GI Bill for National Guard/Reservists while in training receive an additional $400/month.
  • Meals and lodging are included for cadets in training.
  • All hours worked over regular working hours are compensated at the rate of time and one-half.
  • Troopers have the opportunity to supplement their income by working off-duty details.
  • Troopers may also be qualified for the U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for student loans.

*Extra duty and overtime opportunities available. 


  • The Department offers an excellent retirement package for its employees based on maximum salary, age of the employee, and years of service.
  • Retirement credit is earned at 3 1/3% per year of service:
    * 66.6% of regular salary with 20 years of service after age 50
    * 99.9% of regular salary with 30 years of service after age 50


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Explore the diverse career opportunities available to commissioned troopers at the Louisiana State Police, offering a rewarding path towards serving and protecting communities. From specialized units to leadership roles, embark on a fulfilling journey dedicated to upholding safety and justice across the state.