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The Benefits & Rewards of Becoming a
SC Trooper

While offering one of the best benefits packages in the nation, the South Carolina Highway Patrol also provides professional challenges with rewarding results. The opportunities we offer our troopers cover many areas of service where they are able to better protect, educate, and serve our citizens.

Where will your skills take you when you join the South Carolina Highway Patrol?

LEARN MORE about our Specialized Units which include the Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation (MAIT) Team, Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU), Governor’s Security Detail Unit, as well as many more exciting career paths available within SCHP.

Troopers swearing in on graduation day.



15 Days Annual Leave (45 unused days can roll over),
15 Days Sick Leave (180 unused days can roll over),
12 Paid Holidays

Trainee/Trooper: $38,273
(Starting Salary - Uncertified)

Trainee/Trooper: $42,100
(Starting Salary - Certified)
SC Law Enforcement Class One officer with 3 or more years of consecutive service with the currently employed law enforcement agency.

Trooper First Class:
(Base salary - 3 years as Trooper)

Lance Corporal:
(Base salary - 5 years as Trooper)

See more on benefits & annual salary

State Health Insurance,
State Dental Insurance,
Long Term Disability Insurance,
Supplemental Long Term Disability Insurance,
Optional Life Insurance
401(k) or 457 Optional supplemental retirement plan, The South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program
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