Be A Trooper

“Service with Humility” is more than just a motto. Washington State Patrol troopers have a desire to serve and make a difference in their communities every day. Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of the agency and provide the best in public safety services to the citizens of Washington. Becoming a trooper is the first step toward building a career in one of many difference areas. In the Washington State Patrol, you’ll have the chance to explore various options on which you can create the professional life you want.

Special Event

On April 12, 2019, the Washington State Patrol is hosting a free Open House for all those interested in a career in law enforcement. Come learn about the benefits of working for the WSP and how you can make a difference as a trooper.

Open House Flyer

RSVP to Trooper Shearer at | (425) 583-7640


Bomb Squad
Auto Theft
High Tech Crime
Organized Crime
Motorcycle Patrol
Collision Reconstruction

Technical Collision Investigator
Internal Affairs
Missing and Exploited Children
Drug Recognition Expert
Executive Protection
Capitol Security
Homeland Security
Honor Guard
Training Officers
Field Training Officer

Training Academy
Bicycle Patrol
Technical Collision


Position Monthly Yearly
Cadet $4,682 $56,184
Starting Trooper Pay $5,280 $63,360
Trooper with 5+ Years $7,278 $87,336

More Than A Paycheck

Of course, it isn’t all about money. Because this is much more than just a job. In the Washington State Patrol, you’ll have the fulfillment of serving your community and making our state a better place to live.

Continuing Education

We will pay for you to continue pursuing your degree. There is a 2% raise for a associate degree, and 4% for a bachelor degree.

Health Insurance

WSP offers more health care options than almost any other employer in the state.

Retirement Plan

We offer a variety of retirement plans, so you can pick the one that best fits your needs.

Loan Forgiveness

WSP Employees may also be qualified for the U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for student loans.


Be a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States of America

High school graduate or equivalent

At least 19.5 years of age

Valid driver’s license

No felonies or DUIs

Pass the physical fitness test

Moral character

Good communications skills

Creative problem solving skills

Passion for helping others

Pass background investigation

Pass polygraph


We want you to be challenged, but we also want to make the process as smooth as possible. We’re here to assist you in any way we can.

Step 1 – Get To Know A Recruiting Officer
Our recruiters most important responsibility is to help guide you through the process. They’ll give you insights and advice, and answer any questions you might have.

Step 2 – Pass the Four-Phase Hiring Process
Phase 1 – Written Exam and Physical Fitness Exam through Public Safety Testing, you can sign up here. Additionally, you’ll need to create an account on the State of Washington’s job site.
Phase 2 – Polygraph and Background Check
Phase 3 – Oral Board
Phase 4 – Psychological and Medical Exam

Step 3 – Attend the WSP Training Academy
Once you’ve completed your exam and interview, you’ll be ready to attend the WSP Training Academy.

Contact a Recruiter

Out of State/Military/Additional Questions
Trooper Maurice Ball
(360) 704-2310

Military/Out of State/Additional Questions
Trooper Chris Bendiksen
(360) 810-0002

District 1 – Tacoma
Trooper Jon Nelson
(253) 682-9881

District 2 – Bellevue
Trooper Nick King
(425) 401-7729

District 3 – Yakima
Trooper Chris Thorson
(509) 731-8964

District 4 – Spokane
Trooper Kyle Witt

(509) 723-6046

District 5 – Vancouver
Trooper Chris Bendiksen
(360) 810-0002

District 6 – Wenatchee
Trooper John Bryant
(360) 790-4787

District 7 – Marysville
Trooper Travis Shearer
(425) 583-7640

District 8 – Bremerton
Trooper Katie Colello-Bidewell
(360) 328-3741

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