As of July 2014, the starting salary for Pennsylvania State Police graduates is $55,853. This amount is set to increase in July 2015 and July 2016, to $57,251 and $58,962 respectively, based on graduation date.
To apply for a job as a State Police cadet, an individual must be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old at the time of appointment. In addition to the age requirement, applicants must also have graduated from high school (diploma or G.E.D.) and have an Associate's Degree, or at least 60 college credits. The education requirement may be waived if the applicant has prior experience in a related law enforcement field.
The Pennsylvania State Police was established on May 2, 1905. It was the first uniformed system of policing in the United States and became the standard for other police agencies across the country. In 1906, the first officers were killed in the line of duty. The following year, the job became open only to single men, and it remained this way for 56 years.