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Cadet - $4,442 - $5,694
Cadets earn a monthly salary while attending the CHP Academy. in addition, cadets receive free room and board. Effective the first month following their Academy reporting date, cadets receive full health and dental benefits for themselves and their dependents. Cadets also earn an additional seven hours of mandatory overtime per month.

Officer - $6,225 - $7,720
Upon graduation from the CHP Academy cadets are promoted to the position of officer. Annually, an officer's base pay is $74,700. 5.0% increases occur yearly until the top step base salary of $92,640 is reached.

Note: These salaries do not include pay incentives or overtime compensation.

Pre-and Post-Shift Work Activities Pay Differential
Officers receive a stipend equal to 3.5% of their base pay to compensate for pre-and post-shift activities.

In addition, all officers earn the following pay incentives:

  • Physical performance Pay (PPP)
    $65.00 per month; after the fifth year, $130.00 a month.

  • 8 1/2 Hour Workday Pay
    Officer's are paid an additional 6.25% of their base salary, or approximately $4,953 annually at
    the top step.

  • Uniform Allowance
    Officer's are entitled to an annual uniform allowance of $920. Cadets are loaned the funds to
    purchase their first set of uniforms. This interest free loan will be repaid over the first 12 months
    of their career.

Specialty Pay

Bilingual Pay
$100 per month for certified bilingual speaking officers who are assigned to a bilingual position.

Canine Pay
$156 per month for officers who are canine handlers.

Educational Incentive Pay
2.5% of their base pay of officers who possess an intermediate Peace officer Standards and training (POST ) Certificate of Associate of Arts/Science degree or 5% of their base pay for officers who possess an Advanced POST Certificate or Bachelor of Arts/Science degree.

Field Training Officer (FTO) Pay
Field Training Officers earn an additional 5% of their daily base pay each day they serve as an FTO.

Investigator Pay
$50 per month for officers assigned as full-time Vehicle Theft or Fraud Investigators.

Motorcycle Officer Pay
4% of base pay for motorcycle enforcement duty.

Flight Officer Pay
Annual salaries for officers who fly in either airplanes or helicopters, at top step:
      Pilot - $98,256
      Flight Observer - $87,840

Shift Differential
Swing Shift adds an additional $1.00 per hour per shift, which averages $2,062 annually. For graveyard shift, add an additional $1.50 per hour per shift, averaging $3,057 annually.

Senior Officer Pay
Officers also earn a monthly pay differential based on the years they have worked.
Add an additional:
      2% after 18 years       5% after 21 years
      3% after 19 years       6% after 22 years
      4% after 20 years       8% after 25 years


Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits
The Department provides comprehensive medical, dental, and vision health care plans for officers and their dependents. Officers may select from numerous health care plans, the plan that best meets their needs.

Annual Leave Program
Annual Leave Credits can be used as vacation time or as sick leave. Annual Leave hours accrue as follows:

  Length of Service Annual Leave Allowance
  1 - 3 years 24 hours per month
  3 - 10 years 27 hours per month
  10 - 15 years 29 hours per month
  15 - 20 years 30 hours per month
  20 years or more 31 hours per month

Police Protective Equipment
The Department furnishes all required safety and police protective equipment. The following is a partial list: .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol and required ammunition: badge and cap piece; side handle baton; oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray; handcuffs; flashlight; soft body armor; rain gear (jacket, pants, and boots); Kevlar general duty helmet; duty belt, holster, and equipment cases.

Retirement Benefits
Service Retirement Allowance
Uniformed members of the CHP can qualify for an annual service retirement allowance up to 90% of an average of their three highest years of salary, based on length of service and age. Health and dental benefits are available.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact the CHP at: 1-888-4A CHP JOB (1-888-422-4756)
TT/TDD 1-800-735-2929 EOE/ADA or by e-mail

Officer Recruiting Home Page


For questions about the Recruiting Process, speak with a Recruiter by calling (888) 422-4756.