current starting salary for a trooper is $62,403.60 (including
uniform allowance). The second-year total compensation significantly increases to $69,489.30. Top pay for a Trooper I is $108,847.13. Troopers
receive yearly increments. All recruits receive $777.78 every
two weeks, plus overtime pay. Room and board are also provided
Troopers typically work a 40-hour week on a variety of schedules.
Overtime is voluntary, except in unusual circumstances, and
is rewarded with premium pay or compensation time.
Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave
- There are 12
paid holidays a year.
- Troopers are allotted one vacation day per month in the
first year of service, as well as three personal days per fiscal
year. The initial vacation allotment of 12 days increases
after a trooper has been on the job for five years and increases
at regular intervals after that.
- Sick leave is allotted.
Members of the State Police and their families are offered two options for medical coverage, two options for dental coverage, a prescription drug plan and a vision care program. In accordance with statute, Troopers will contribute to their health care premiums determined by salary scale and coverage type, to a maximum 35% of their health premiums.
The two options for medical coverage are:
- Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) - The HMO plan allows you to choose a plan from among several different HMOs, allows you to choose a primary care provider from a list of participating HMO physicians, requires no deductibles or claim forms, and a $15.00 co-payment for services. Coverage is not usually provided if you go outside the HMO for services.
- NJ Direct 15 (Preferred Provider Organization) - Combining features from the traditional and HMO systems, this plan allows you to choose from a network of physicians, usually covers 100 percent of services in network, and usually requires a $15.00 co-payment for services. In addition, with a yearly deductible, this plan allows you to use the medical service providers of your choice and covers 70 percent of the payment for their services.
For an optional
biweekly payroll deduction, troopers may choose a "traditional"
plan or a plan offered through an DMO system.
Under the plan offered to troopers (and their spouses and children), virtually all prescription drugs require only a co-payment of $10. Generic drugs require a co-payment of only $3.
Vision Care Program
The program provides
for a partial reimbursement for the cost of eyeglasses, contact
lenses, and the cost of the eye examinations.
Leave of Absence
Leaves of absence
are available for such reasons as: pregnancy, child care,
education, family leave or military service. These leaves
are usually for not more than a year and must be approved.
Deferred Compensation Plans
Members are eligible
to participate in a deferred compensation plan or supplemental
annuity collective trust plan in order to supplement retirement
are covered by a group Life Insurance Policy that provides
3 1/2 times their final average salaries in a lump sum to
The State Police
Retirement System is overseen by a Board of Trustees which
includes two members of the State Police. When a trooper retires,
he or she can take advantage of a comprehensive retirement
plan. The plan offers a wide variety of benefits, depending
on years of service.
Everyone in the
State Police must retire by age 55 except the Superintendent.
- Enrollment in the State Police Retirement System (SPRS)
is a condition of employment. Your employee contribution
will be 9 percent of your annual salary.
- Service Retirement: After 20 years of service as a New
Jersey State Trooper, you are eligible to receive a pension,
regardless of age, consisting of 50% of your final compensation.
- Special Retirement: After 25 years of service as a New
Jersey State Trooper, you are eligible to receive a pension,
regardless of age, consisting of 65% of your final compensation
plus 1% for each year above 25 years. The maximum benefit
that you can receive under a special retirement is 70% of
your final compensation.
- Deferred Retirement: Troopers who serve for 10 years and
then terminate their employment before qualifying for a
service retirement are vested and thereby eligible for a
pension benefit at age 55. The benefit is 2% of final compensation
for each year of SPRS service.
- Optional Purchase of Former Membership: You can purchase
former membership from a New Jersey State administered pension
plan (e.g. PERS, TPAF, PFRS) that could increase your retirement
benefit. This service cannot be used to qualify for a Special
or Service Retirement. However, it can be used to compute
your retirement allowance on the basis of 1% of final compensation
for each year of such service credit.
State Paid Health Benefits
- Troopers who attain 25 years of service in the SPRS are
entitled to State paid health benefits in retirement according
to the terms of the bargaining agreement in effect at the
time they reach 25 years of service. In accordance with statute, Troopers in retirement will contribute to their health care premiums determined by salary scale and coverage type, to a maximum 35% of their health premiums.
- Troopers who do not attain 25 years of service in the
SPRS before they retire or terminate employment may qualify
for State paid health benefits in retirement if they have
purchased former membership for a New Jersey State administered
pension plan. The former membership purchased and the SPRS
time must add up to 25 or more years to qualify.
- Troopers who do not obtain a total of 25 years of state
service will be afforded continuous State health benefits
covered at a group rate.
Pension Benefits and
If a trooper retires
because of a job-related accidental disability, he or she
receives a pension equal to two-thirds of his or her final
compensation. If a trooper retires as a result of a non-job-related
disability, he or she is eligible for a pension of no less
than 40 percent of his or her final compensation.
Information or questions regarding your eligibility for any
retirement benefit should be directed to the Division of State
Police, Human Resource Management Bureau, Debra Prettyman at (609)
882-2000 ext. 2620, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tahishia McKeithen at (609) 882-2000 ext. 2616, email: email@example.com