State Capitol
11:17 am
Fri March 15, 2013

OHP Pay Bill Passes, Hopes to Avoid Impending Trooper Staffing Crisis

Graduates of the 60th Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper academy.
Troopers from the 60th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

 The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved a $7.3 million plan to give state Highway Patrol troopers a pay increase.

The House voted 90-0 on Thursday for the bill by Dacoma Republican Rep. Jeff Hickman. It now goes to the state Senate.

Hickman says one-third of the roughly 770 troopers currently are retirement eligible and that there's a critical "manpower issue."

The bill would boost the starting salary of a cadet from $33,192 to $38,602. Starting troopers who have completed their probation would see their pay boosted from $38,000 to $44,194.

Hickman says the OHP is competing with municipal police departments, 15 of which pay officers more than state troopers. He says troopers have not had a pay increase in more than six years.