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State Trooper Jobs Paying $58G Now Offered for Filing

Pay Goes to $82,677 After First Year; Last Test April 10; Fees Total $55

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The entrance exam for New York State Police Troopers is being administered through April 10. Applicants can take the two-hour test at any of more than 50 locations throughout the state. For those living out of state, including military personnel, hundreds of testing locations are available elsewhere, including abroad.

The starting salary is $58,443, increasing to $82,677 after a year. The application fee is $20 and the testing fee is $35.


State Troopers enforce vehicle-and-traffic laws as well as other laws across the state. They provide routine police services like patrols and answering calls for service to communities, and investigative support to departments throughout the state.

Troopers work to prevent and detect crime and other violations of law, pursue criminal investigations and make arrests; render assistance to victims and protect residents and their property; and provide other law-enforcement agencies with support services.

They detect and prevent terrorism, implementing counter-terrorism measures through intelligence-sharing and collaboration, and thoroughly investigate terrorism and cyber-terrorism activities. 

Troopers also work in conjunction with Federal, state and local partner agencies to oversee the border; engage in emergency preparedness, planning and response activities; and help maintain order during natural and man-made emergencies. 


Candidates must be citizens, New York State residents, at least 20 years old by date of application and no older than 29. (The maximum age may be extended one year for each year of full-time active military duty up to a maximum of seven years. Troopers must be appointed before their 36th birthday.)

They must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and a valid New York State driver's license at the time of appointment. They must have completed 60 college-credit hours, although a  maximum of 12 non-traditional transferred college credits will be accepted. Non-traditional transferred college credits can be secured through applied elective credits; life experience; military training and experience; national testing programs; certifications; exams; and by other means. 

Credits can be waived if candidates have served in the military or completed certified police-officer training courses. 

The Exams

To make the test more accessible, the written test is for the first time being given online. Candidates will also take a Physical Ability Test, which is typically conducted on a Saturday during a candidate-processing weekend. The test measures a candidate's ability to fulfill the essential job functions of the position. The candidate must perform three physical tests, and is evaluated on a pass-fail basis. 

Candidates participate in the PAT portion of the selection process according to their rank based upon their score on the written examination.

They will also be subject to a medical examination, a psychological evaluation, a background investigation and a polygraph test.

For completed information on the position, its requirements and on how to apply, visit


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