On July 1, 1948, then Kentucky governor Earl C. Clements signed the State Police Act into law. The legislation created a new agency, the Kentucky State Police, which subsequently absorbed the existing Kentucky Highway Patrol. Six months later Kentucky state troopers were given their first official pay raise, earning $150 per month, up from a $130 monthly salary. Today, members of the Kentucky State Police earn salary and benefits based on experience.
Salary standards and pay increases for Kentucky state troopers are provided for through Kentucky legislation. The Kentucky Revised Statutes, the state's laws, commonly called KRS, deals with the Kentucky State Police in Chapter 016.00 and sets forth regulations concerning qualifications, compensation, promotions, duties, and equipment for troopers. KRS 16.050 specifically addresses compensation and KRS 16.055 outlines Kentucky's legal regulations regarding the promotion and advancement of Kentucky State Police officers.
Cadet troopers are paid $2,870.16 monthly while attending the academy for training. Graduates receive an increase up to $3,115.20 per month. On the job, troopers are eligible for regular pay increases enacted by the Kentucky legislature as well as a 10 percent increase in salary following promotions.
Once a Kentucky state trooper has served five years, the officer is termed a Senior Trooper and receives a five-percent pay increase. Supervisory positions that follow upward in the chain of command are sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. After six years of service, a trooper may apply for the sergeant position. Following one year of experience as a sergeant, the officer may apply for a lieutenant rank and after one experience working as a lieutenant, the officer may apply for a position as captain. Pay increases accompany each increase in rank.
In addition to the base monetary pay troopers receive based on experience, Kentucky State Police officers receive additional compensation and benefits. Among the benefits are free uniforms and the necessary equipment needed in the performance of duties. Officers also receive a five-dollar-per-day stipend to maintain their furnished uniforms and a yearly stipend for ongoing training. Health insurance is provided, as well as $20,000 in term life insurance paid for by the commonwealth.
Paid Time Off
Paid time off includes twelve and one-half annual holidays and vacation time based on service time, with troopers employed less than four years receiving 12 days of vacation time per year, up to 21 days of vacation time per year for those with 15 years or more of service. Sick leave accumulates at the rate of one day per month worked with no limits on the total number of days carried over. When a Kentucky state trooper retires, all accrued sick leave is applied to retirement time.