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Salary & Benefits

Salary Effective July 2, 2021

Current Hiring Salaries

Uncertified

  • Starting Salary: $44,075 

Certified

SC Law Enforcement Class One officer with 3 - 5 years of consecutive service with the currently employed law enforcement agency

  • Starting Salary: $46,125

Trooper First Class

3 years as Trooper

  • Base Salary: $46,125

Lance Corporal

Eligible for promotion to rank of Corporal

5 years as a SC Certified Class I Officer

  • Base Salary: $49,385

3 years as a Lance Corporal: $51,215

Master Trooper

Eligible for promotion to rank of Corporal

10 years as a Trooper (5 SCDPS/5 SC Certified) 

  • Base Salary: $53,045

3 years as Master Trooper: $55,697

5 years as Master Trooper: $58,349

Corporal

First Rank Supervisor – Promotional Process

  • Base Salary: $62,434

Benefits & Rewards

While offering one of the best benefits packages in the nation, the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) also provides professional challenges with rewarding results. The opportunities available to troopers cover many areas of service where our men and women have an opportunity to serve, educate and protect our state's citizens and visitors. 

Benefits Package

  • South Carolina State Employee Benefits Package
  • Take-home Patrol Car
  • All Uniforms and Accessories Provided
  • SC Police Officer Retirement Benefits & Salary:
    • Retire after only 27 years of service or by age 55.
    • Transfer and purchase past military and public service time to retire early!
    • Disability Retirement Protection
  • OJT VA - GI Bill Benefits

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