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Date: Dec 4, 2021

Location: CLEARWATER, FL, US, 33755

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Requisition No: 484422 

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle


Position Number: 76001203 

Salary:  $38,034.24 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 03/12/2021 




This is a continuous, statewide, advertisement for the

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper position.



The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is a nationally accredited state law enforcement agency charged with enforcing the laws of Florida and ensuring the safety of the motoring public. 

Our vision is a safer Florida through Courtesy, Service and Protection.  Utilizing a comprehensive education and enforcement plan, along with state-of-the-art training, equipment and technology, FHP provides professional law enforcement services to Florida’s 21 million residents and 110 million annual visitors while patrolling the state’s highways.



Upon graduation, Troopers are assigned to patrol operations.  Primary functions consist of enforcing the State’s criminal and traffic laws, regulating the flow of traffic, assisting motorists, performing vehicle inspections, detecting and apprehending impaired drivers, apprehending fugitives from justice, investigating traffic crashes and assisting other agencies upon request.  Duty assignments are based upon position availability and agency need.  Recruits may receive a duty assignment anywhere in the State of Florida.



The FHP Training Academy is in Tallahassee, Florida.  Recruits are challenged physically, mentally, and academically during their training to ensure they have what it takes for a career in law enforcement. 

The Academy is a live-in training facility.  All recruits will stay on academy grounds during the workweek but may leave most weekends.  Recruits receive pay, benefits, meals, and lodging while attending the FHP Training Academy. 

New recruits without law enforcement experience or without a Florida Law Enforcement Certification must attend the basic recruit course, which is approximately 29 weeks of training.  Applicants who are Florida certified law enforcement officers and/or have a minimum of two-years of law enforcement patrol experience, may be eligible for abbreviated training courses.  Out-of-state law enforcement officers must obtain their Florida Law Enforcement Certification to be eligible for one of the abbreviated training courses.




$38,034.24 annually ($3,169.52 monthly) – while enrolled in the Academy

$41,917.56 annually (3,493.13 monthly) – statewide, upon Academy graduation

$46,917.36 annually ($3,909.78 monthly) – if working in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe or Palm Beach county; or if living and working in Alachua, Baker, Brevard, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, St. Johns, or Volusia county

$49,917.36 annually ($4,159.78 monthly) – if living and working in Monroe county

Supplemental Monies:

  • Education Pay – up to $1,560 annually
  • Uniform Allowance and other Perquisites – $1,300 annually
  • Specialty Position Incentive Annual Monies – generally $2,000 per incentive and incentives can be combined and are stackable
  • Overtime Opportunities – rate of 1.5 times the member’s hourly salary
  • Take-Home Patrol Car – approximately $10,000 in savings annually


Note: Employees are paid once a month on the last workday of each month.  All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.



Your benefits are a significant part of your state compensation!  Depending on your benefit selections, your total annual compensation could be equivalent to $60,000 - $70,000 upon graduation from the Academy.

Our Benefits Include:

  • Annual and Sick Leave Package
  • Nine Paid Holidays
  • State Health and Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance Options such as Disability, Dental and Vision
  • Contributory Retirement Plan


Career Growth

The Florida Highway Patrol has an established career progression program.  We recognize and reward educational achievements and career advancements.

Troopers with two years of service are eligible for specialty positions with incentive pay such as K-9, Motorcycle Unit, Traffic Homicide, Quick Reaction Force, Instructor and many more!  Troopers with two years of service are also eligible to promote to Law Enforcement Investigator I (Corporal) and Troopers with five years of service are eligible to promote to Sergeant.



Applicants must meet one of the following:

  • One year sworn or non-sworn law enforcement experience.
  • Two years of active and continuous U.S. military service.
  • Two years of employment with public contact experience.
  • Thirty semester-hours or 45 quarter-hours at an accredited college or university.


Applicants must also meet all the following:

  • Age: 19 years of age or older.
  • Citizenship: You must be a United States Citizen or Naturalized Citizens.  All Naturalization documentation must accompany application.
  • Vision: Applicants must pass a thorough visual evaluation and meet the following requirements: Unaided vision not less than 20/200 in each eye and corrected to 20/30; Field of vision must be at least 140 degrees; Must have the ability to distinguish primary colors and have binocular vision; Must not have double vision, lack of depth perception or other chronic eye disorders that effect normal vision; Any visual disability, which prevents the performance of essential functions of an applicant, for which no reasonable accommodation is possible, shall disqualify the applicant.
  • Education: High school diploma or a general equivalency diploma is required.
  • Driver’s License: Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Criminal History Check: This position is subject a Level 2 background and CJIS security clearance, to include a fingerprint-based check of the criminal history records of the FBI, as a condition of employment pursuant to Chapter 10.1127, 435 and 943, Florida Statutes.  As an applicant for positions requiring CJIS security clearance, you are required to disclose criminal records that have been sealed or expunged.
  • Relocation: Applicants must be willing to serve anywhere in the state of Florida.
  • Height/Weight Standards: An applicant’s weight must be proportional to height and within the established height/weight standards.



Selection is a three-to-six-month process that consists of the following:

  • Completed State of Florida Employment Application.
  • Successful completion of the Florida/Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test for Law Enforcement (not applicable to applicants who possess active Florida law enforcement certification.
  • Completed FHP Supplemental Application.
  • Successful completion of the Physical Abilities Test.
  • Polygraph Examination.
  • Psychological Examination.
  • Medical Examination.
  • Vision Examination.
  • Drug Testing.
  • Fingerprinting.
  • Background Investigation.

All out-of-state applicants may be required to make multiple trips to Florida to complete the selection process.


For additional information about pursuing a career with the Florida Highway Patrol, visit or contact the Recruitment Coordinator by telephone at  1-850- 617-2315 or by E-mail at   

The Florida Highway Patrol is a division of the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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