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Salary and Benefits

The North Dakota Highway Patrol offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.


While in training, recruit troopers receive a base salary of $4,200 per month. Room and board are provided at no cost. Salary after completion of training is $4,464 per month with annual salary increases provided on the basis of merit.

Each trooper is paid an unvouchered expense allowance of $200 per month after completing training.


All uniforms and equipment required for performance of duty are furnished by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Troopers are assigned a vehicle to take home.


Normal retirement age is 55 with 10 years of service, or when you reach the Rule of 80, whichever happens first. After normal retirement age, employees can retire with full benefits.

The Rule of 80 is age plus years of service. You may count years of service while participating in the Highway Patrol Retirement System, Teachers Fund for Retirement and the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) towards years of service necessary to meet the Rule of 80.

Highway Patrol troopers pay into Medicare but not into Social Security.

Troopers contribute an amount equal to 9.3% of their monthly salary and the department contributes an amount equal to 23.7% of their monthly salary into the retirement system. Troopers retiring with 25 years of service will receive approximately 90% of their final average salary.

Annual Leave

Annual leave accrues on a monthly basis according to the following schedule:

Years of Service Hours/Month Days/Year
0-3 8 12
4-7 10 15
8-12 12 18
13-18 14 21
19 Plus 16 24

240 hours of annual leave may be carried over from one year to the next. Annual leave balance is paid upon termination.

Sick Leave

Sick leave accrues at a rate of 8 hours per month.

Sick leave may be used for illnesses where the employee is unable to work and for medical and dental appointments.

Employees may use up to 80 hours per year of their sick leave to tend to the needs of their child, spouse, or parent who are ill, or to assist them in obtaining medical services or other services related to their health or well-being.

Employees who have 10 continuous years of service are eligible to be paid for 10% of their sick leave hours upon termination of employment.

Employees may be eligible to give or receive donations of annual or sick leave in case of severe illness, injury or other circumstances.


Employees receive 10 paid holidays.

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Independence Day
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  4. Labor Day
  5. President’s Day
  6. Veteran’s Day
  7. Good Friday
  8. Thanksgiving Day
  9. Memorial Day
  10. Christmas Day

Employees assigned a regular day off on the above holidays are generally provided an alternate day off.

At the discretion of the division commander, employees assigned to work a regular shift on the above holidays may receive either overtime at the rate of 1.5 times hourly salary or comp time at the rate of 1.5 hours for each hour worked.

Health Insurance

The department pays the premium for family health insurance coverage.

Life Insurance

The department pays the premium for a $100,000 life insurance, accidental death, and dismemberment policy for sworn officers.

The department pays the premium for $3,500 supplemental life insurance, accidental death, and dismemberment policy. Additional coverage may be purchased on the employee and their dependents.

Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their families may receive confidential assistance dealing with personal problems through a designated provider. 

Workers' Compensation

Employees are protected by workers' compensation against loss of income because of accidental injury and/or death in the performance of their duties.

Liability Protection

Liability protection is provided on all department vehicles and aircraft. Employees are defended by the state of North Dakota in any claim, demand, or action.