Frequently Asked Questions
What is the starting salary?
Your salary, while at the Academy, is $2,673 monthly.
Will my salary increase upon successful completion of the Academy?
As of 7/1/2014, upon successful completion of the Academy, a first year Trooper's base salary is $60,036.
What kind of benefits will I have?
Personal health and dental insurance are provided at a nominal cost. Also, basic life insurance and vision coverage are provided at no cost. Additional coverage for family members is available at group rates.
What about your retirement package?
The Illinois State Police has a great retirement package. To qualify for pension benefits, an officer must be 55 years of age with 25 years of service, or 55 years of age with at least 20 years of service. A maximum retirement benefit of 80% of an officer's ending salary is earned after 26 years and 8 months of creditable service. A tax deferred compensation plan is also available, however, there is an annual maximum contribution limit.
The following information is provided on the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) of Illinois website:
This information applies to individuals who became a member of SERS or a reciprocal system on or before December 31, 2010. The alternative formula applies to members in certain positions with 20 years of alternative service. Members eligible for the alternative formula may retire at age 50 with 25 years of service, or at age 55 with 20 years of service.
This information applies to individuals who became a member of SERS or a reciprocal system after December 31, 2010. The alternative formula applies to members in certain positions with 20 years of alternative service. Members eligible for the alternative formula may retire at age 60 with 20 years of service.
What about vacation and sick time?
During the first year of service, officers receive 2 weeks of paid vacation, one sick day a month and compensation for working any holiday. Additional vacation days are earned through service longevity.
How long is the Academy training?
The academy is a 26-week, para-military environment. Cadets stay Monday-Friday.
Do I have to stay overnight at the Academy?
Yes. During the training period, cadets are furnished lodging, meals and most necessary supplies and equipment. Most weekends, cadets are free to travel home.
Do I have to pay for my uniform or equipment as a cadet?
Yes. The amount is approximately $500.
Do I get to decide where I will be assigned after completing the Academy?
No. You must be willing to be assigned to any District throughout the State. District assignments will be made at a time and date to be determined by the Director of the Illinois State Police.
Is there a maximum age requirement?
Officers have a State mandated retirement age of 60 years.
Do I have to be a "road" officer, or could I start out working crime scenes or in other specialized areas?
You must start your career as a Trooper with a Field Training Officer (FTO) on the road. There is a probationary period that all officers must complete with their FTO. After completion of two years in their original assignment location, officers may request a transfer to another area.
What is the tattoo policy?
Officers who currently have tattoos or body modifications that are on their face, above the collarbone, neck area, fingers, hands, wrist, arms, or otherwise visible due to the open collar of the standard uniform shirt and V-neck t-shirt shall conceal them.
Officers who currently have tattoos or body modifications that are on the arms, visible in a short-sleeved uniform, will conceal them with a Departmental issued skin tone colored sleeve. Non-uniformed officers will also conceal tattoos or body modifications at all times while on duty. The Department, at its discretion, will decide the make and style of sleeve to be purchased.