Missouri state troopers' pay increases to its standard level

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JEFFERSON CITY - Some Missouri state troopers have invested years into their career. The Missouri State Troopers Association said some of their paychecks are now starting to show for it.

The agency is currently in the process of a pay adjustment. Executive director, Ken Sears, said the adjustment is not necessarily the same as a pay increase. 

"This next phase isn't going to be for everybody on the patrol. It'll be a pay raise for those who are still not up to where they're supposed to be on the grid," Sears said.

Their pay system is set up on an X and Y grid system. The Y stands for the position/rankings, and the X stands for how many years of service they've provided. The combination of the two determines how much each person will be making.

Sears said in the last few years, Missouri's troopers' salaries have not been in line with the set standard. 

"We've got to the point where our years of services wasn't being funded," Sears said. "In the past couple years, and hopefully this year we'll have it totally caught up".

Sears said the troopers who've spent 10 to 15 years are primarily the ones who have not been receiving adequate pay for the time, and who will be most affected by this adjustment. The pay for troopers in this category range from $2,100 to $2,600 semi-monthly.

He said the workers with seniority have already been caught up, along with the ones just starting up to about the 8th or 9th year. 

Their semi-monthly base rates range from about $2,400 to $3,200 for workers with more than 15 years of service, and $1,800 to $2,300 with two to eight years of service depending on ranks. 

He said the adjustment may allow all positions in Missouri to finally be competitive with surrounding states.

"Go back ten years ago or so, MIssouri was way behind," Sears said. "We were losing people to other agencies and not getting applicants".

Sears said there's no law saying every state's pay rate has to be competitive, but there is a law saying that the data must be presented to the appropriate legislative bodies.

He said they've received a lot of cooperation from the governor and both the house and the senate in order to complete this pay adjustment for the rest of the troopers. The next phase consists of the governor putting together his recommendations and presenting them to all the senate and house budget committees.

"We've had very good cooperation along all the legislative process, and hopefully that will continue," Sears said.

He said they plan to move onto the next phase next month.