“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.
High Tech Crime
Technical Collision Investigator
Missing and Exploited Children
Drug Recognition Expert
Field Training Officer
$4,500 per month
$54,000 a year
Starting Trooper Pay
$5,126 per month
$61,512 a year
Trooper with 5+ Years
$7,066 per month
$84,792 a year
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.
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.
WSP offers more health care options than almost any other employer in the state.
We offer a variety of retirement plans, so you can pick the one that best fits your needs.
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
Good communications skills
Creative problem solving skills
Passion for helping others
Pass background investigation
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.