Health and Dental Insurance
As a full-time, permanent employee, you are eligible to participate in the state’s group insurance program and choose either single or family coverage.
There are a variety of health and dental plans. Each health plan provides comprehensive coverage for most illnesses and injuries. All dental plans provide comprehensive coverage for most conditions requiring dental diagnosis and treatment, including orthodontic treatment for children, as well as a broad range of preventive services.
Life and Disability Insurance
The state offers both basic and optional life insurance coverage for you, your spouse and your children.
- Basic insurance automatically entitles you to a term life insurance policy in an amount equal to your annual salary.
- Options to purchase additional term life insurance are available for you, your spouse and children.
- Optional disability insurance is offered that will help replace lost income should you become disabled.
- Short-term disability insurance provides income for up to 180 days if you become totally disabled
due to illness, injury or pregnancy.
- Long-term disability insurance provides income beyond 180 days of total disability.
The State Patrol Retirement Plan covers state troopers, crime bureau agents, gambling enforcement agents, conservation officers, Department of Commerce fraud investigators and members of the Department of Corrections fugitive apprehension unit.
The State Patrol Plan provides retirement, survivor and disability coverage for state employees. The plan does NOT offer loans, hardship withdrawals or in-service withdrawals.
Once the employee retires, they receive a monthly retirement for life with potential post-retirement increases. Depending on the option selected at retirement, the survivor(s) may be eligible to receive a lifetime survivor benefit upon the employee's death.
Eligibility to collect a monthly retirement benefit is based on your years of service (or what we call vested).
If hired before July 1, 2013, you are eligible for monthly benefits after three or more years of service.
If hired after June 30, 2013, you are eligible for monthly benefits after ten years of service.
You can start collecting full retirement benefits when you are age 55. Most employees can begin collecting a reduced monthly benefit at age 50 or later.
For more information on the State Patrol Retirement Plan, go to https://www.msrs.state.mn.us/eligibility-patrol.
Paid Parental Leave
Eligible state employees are entitled to up to six (6) consecutive weeks of paid parental leave following: the birth of a child; placement of a child in the employee's home for adoption; or placement of a child in the employee's home to adjudicate parentage in cases of surrogacy when the employee is the intended parent. This leave is available to both parents if they are both eligible state employees.
Full Paid Parental Leave Policy:
Vacation hours begin accruing upon graduation and trooper assignment.
- New troopers accrue four hours of vacation and four hours of sick leave every two weeks.
- Former public sector or United States Armed Services employees who were in a vacation eligible position prior to hire, may be granted vacation accrual at a rate based on their years of service (subject to the discretion of the Appointing Authority).
- Vacation accrual rates increase with service time to a maximum of nine hours every two weeks.
- Vacation balances can accumulate to any amount, but the balance must be reduced to 275 hours once per fiscal year.
Vacation balances are paid in cash upon separation.
While attending the Trooper Candidate School, trainees are compensated at the base trooper salary which is $57,858/year or $27.71/hour. Room and board is provided at no cost. Top pay for State Troopers is $76,128 and is reached after 8 years.
- Troopers assigned to designated metro freeway stations earn an additional percentage per month over the base rates (upon completion of training and appointment).
- There is an additional three to 13 percent added to the base salary for special assignments such as air wing, commercial vehicle enforcement, vehicle enforcement investigations, public information trooper, etc.
Credit for prior law enforcement experience:
The Chief of the State Patrol may grant a new employee up to four (4) years of credit (up to the fifth step) for previous full-time employment as a peace officer, as defined by M.S. 626.05, subdivision 2, or similar law of another state. Such credit shall determine only the new employee's initial placement on the salary grid (upon completion of training and appointment).