Requirements




The Florida Highway Patrol is a leader in professional law enforcement career opportunities. We are a Nationally Accredited Agency offering excellent benefits and a competitive salary. We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Requirements

  • Age: 19 years of age or older.
  • Citizenship: You must be a United States Citizen. Naturalized Citizens are welcome to apply. 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.
  • Relocation: Applicants must be willing to serve anywhere in the state of Florida.
  • 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 public contact experience.
    • Thirty semester-hours or 45 quarter-hours at an accredited college or university.
  • Height/Weight Standards: Applicant’s weight must be within the established height/weight standards or weight must be proportionate to height. The height/weight standards can be found below.
MaleFemale
HeightMaximumHeightMaximum
4'5"1334'5"134
4'6"1374'6"138
4'7"1424'7"141
4'8"1474'8"144
4'9"1514'9"148
4'10"1564'10"151
4'11"1604'11"154
5'0"1655'0"158
5'1"1705'1"161
5'2"1755'2"164
5'3"1785'3"169
5'4"1835'4"172
5'5"1875'5"176
5'6"1935'6"181
5'7"1985'7"185
5'8"2035'8"189
5'9"2075'9"194
5'10"2135'10"199
5'11"2185'11"205
6'0"2246'0"210
6'1"2296'1"215
6'2"2356'2"221
6'3"2406'3"227
6'4"2516'4"233
6'5"2586'5"239
6'6"2656'6"246
6'7"2726'7"253
6'8"2806'8"260
6'9"2896'9"267
6'10"2976'10"274
6'11"3056'11"282
7'0"3147'0"290

Preference

Employment preference is given to qualified applicants who have completed 60 semester-hours or 90 quarter-hours of college course work at an accredited college or university. Employment preference is given to qualified applicants who have two years of continuous U.S. Military service with an honorable discharge.

Employment preference is given to Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers with one year of sworn law enforcement experience.

Veterans’ Preference is given to veterans and spouses of veterans as outlined in Florida Statutes.

Benefits

  • Paid Training: New Troopers receive 28-29 weeks of Law Enforcement Training at the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy in Tallahassee, Florida. Recruits are compensated $4,166.67 per month. Meals, lodging, training materials and physical fitness training are provided. Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers receive eight – nine weeks of Transitional Law Enforcement Training. Currently Certified Law Enforcement Officers with two or more years of experience in patrol operations receive four weeks of in-service style training. Meals, lodging, equipment, physical fitness training, and study materials are also provided. All new hires will purchase training uniforms upon arrival at the FHP training academy.

Starting Salary

$50,000

$52,000 Certified law enforcement officers with 2 to 4 years of full-time patrol experience.

$54,080 Certified law enforcement officers with more than 4 years of full-time patrol experience.

Additional Salary based on area of assignment:

  • $5,000 annually if working in the following counties: Broward, Dade, Monroe, or Palm Beach (Competitive Area Differential Salary)
  • $5,000 annually if living and working in the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Brevard, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Lee, Osceola, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie or Volusia (Critical Market Pay Salary)
  • $8,000 if living and working in Monroe County (Combination of Competitive Area Differential and Critical Market Pay Salaries)

Supplemental Monies

Comprehensive Merit and Performance Salary Increases: The Florida Highway Patrol has implemented a comprehensive merit and performance plan that provides 2-4% pay increases every two years of service. Members must achieve the designated number of training hours and an acceptable performance evaluation to qualify for eligibility.

Class%Merit Increase FY 22-23 SalaryMinimum Years of Service
Trooper
4%
$52,000.08
2
Trooper
4%
$54,080.04
4
Trooper
4%
$56,243.28
6
Trooper
4%
$58,493.04
8
Trooper
4%
$60,832.80
10
Trooper
4%
$63,266.16
12
Trooper
5%
$66,429.48
14
Trooper
5%
$69,750.96
16
Trooper
5%
$73,238.52
20
Trooper
5%
$76,900.44
25
Trooper
5%
$80,745.48
30+