State announces pay increase for new correctional officers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s leaders say they are raising the pay for new correctional officers.

Tennessee Department of Correction

A news release from the Governor’s Office says effective Thursday, there will be a competitive 37% salary increase for new Tennessee Department of Correction correctional officers.

“As we face staffing shortages across the country, rewarding officers with competitive pay will ensure we recruit and retain the most highly qualified individuals in our workforce,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “These Tennesseans play a crucial role in ensuring public safety and we remain committed to valuing their important work.”

The release says that this make the annual starting pay $44,500.

The state says current security staff will also be getting a minimum 15% pay increase.

“The men and women who work in facilities across Tennessee are dedicated public servants,” said TDOC Interim Commissioner Lisa Helton. “This salary increase makes our agency more competitive in attracting new talent and is a well-deserved raise for those currently serving our state.”

You can apply for open positions here.

You can also find the full announcement here.

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