Trooper Applications Open through September 15

Trooper Applications Open through September 15

September 5, 2023
Lincoln, NEB
Helicopter Rappel

There’s still time to join the Nebraska State Patrol! Applications are open through September 15 to be part of the next class of troopers.

“Applications are pacing ahead of our previous recruiting periods,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The career options and statewide opportunity as a Nebraska State Trooper, coupled with a great benefits package, are major draws for anyone looking for a rewarding career in law enforcement.”

Troopers receive a starting salary of $30 per hour ($62,400 annually) upon graduating from the NSP Training Academy. Recruits are paid $27.46 per hour while attending the 22-week training program at the NSP Training Academy. Troopers receive excellent benefits, including medical and life insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and a great retirement program. Bilingual troopers are also eligible for a 2.5% pay increase upon graduation.

Career paths as a trooper include patrolling Nebraska’s roadways, criminal investigations, SWAT team, K9 handler, drone operator, helicopter and airplane pilot, Carrier Enforcement, Bomb Squad, crisis negotiator, Executive Protection, and more. With dozens of specialty positions, a career as a trooper is a career that you get to define.

“From border to border, troopers serve in numerous ways to keep Nebraska safe,” said Colonel Bolduc. “Now is a great time to join our team, serve with dedication, and help keep your community and state safe. You bring the desire to make a difference and our Training Academy troopers will equip you with the skills to serve with honor and expertise.”

The next class of recruits will begin the NSP Training Academy on January 2, 2024 and are scheduled to graduate on June 14, 2024. Applicants must be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age by graduation. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalence. Additional information about the hiring process, including physical requirements and benefits of serving as a trooper, can be found at