Civilian Careers

More than half of all the Washington State Patrol employees work in a variety of non-commissioned jobs to support the WSP’s mission. We seek qualified people in management, trades, computer technology, inspections, electronics, forensic science, office support, and more.

For a current list of job opportunities go to the page.


The benefits of working for the Washington State Patrol vary as widely as the career opportunities available. For more information about specific career pay scales and job descriptions, visit Washington’s Office of Financial Management’s website.

The Washington State Patrol offers more than just a paycheck. In the Washington State Patrol, you’ll have the fulfillment of serving your community and making our state a better place to live, along with many more benefits.

Continuing Education
We will pay for you to continue pursuing your 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.


All employees of the Washington State Patrol go through the same pre-employment background and polygraph examination processes. Each position will have require-ments that are specific to the job, but all employees of the Washington State Patrol have to conform to the following requirements:

No felonies or DUIs

Not use marijuana or other drugs

Moral character

Passion for helping others

Pass background investigation

Pass polygraph


Step 1 Apply
Create an account with and complete the online application for your chosen job.  You may be asked to respond to more specific questions about your background, knowledge and abilities.


Step 2 Interview
When you are chosen to move onto the interview process, you will receive notification from the Human Resources Division or a member from your prospective division. For all positions, the Washington State Patrol conducts panel interviews.


Step 3 Polygraph and Background Investigation
The WSP may select several candidates to move on to the pre-employment polygraph examination and background investigation phase. When you pass the polygraph and the background investigation is completed, you may receive an offer of employment and schedule a start date with the Human Resources Division.