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This California Job Pays $111K to Start for High School Grads



Including a new 6.2% raise, the salary for rookie California Highway Patrol officers is nearly $111,000. (Shutterstock)
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Officers with the California Highway Patrol are getting a 6.2% raise, taking the starting salary to nearly $111,000.

The raise — which is retroactive to July 1 — gives CHP leaders an enhanced tool in their efforts to fill 1,000 vacant officer positions.

The “Join the CHP 1,000” campaign began in June and aims to cast a wide net to attract qualified candidates reflective of the state’s diversity. The CHP now has about 6,650 officers.

To qualify as a CHP cadet, an applicant must be 20 to 35 years old, a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident who has applied for citizenship, and have a high school diploma or GED. Candidates also must pass a physical abilities test and written exam, and have no felony convictions.

Twenty-six Weeks of Paid Training

Cadets earn $5,563 each month over 26 weeks at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. Graduates are then assigned to communities throughout California.

“Anyone who may be wondering if they have what it takes to become a CHP officer, let me be the first to tell you that you do,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray.  “If you are compassionate, driven to serve, and have a desire to learn, the CHP provides some of the best law enforcement training in the world, and we will do all we can to ensure your success.”

Further Information

For information about “Join the CHP 1,000” or to apply, visit Candidates also can call the recruitment unit at (916) 843-4300.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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