Correctional Officers are responsible for the supervision, care, custody, control and physical restraint, when necessary, of inmates in a Correctional Institution or facility.
Under the direction of Secretary, Mark Inch, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the 3rd largest state prison system in the country with a budget of 2.4 billion, approximately 97,000 inmates incarcerated and another 167,000 offenders on active community supervision. The DC has 151 facilities and more than 24,000 staff members statewide, making it the State’s largest agency.
- Certified rate of pay is $1,288.47 Bi-weekly. ($33,500.22 Annually)
- Non-Certified rate of pay is $1,159.63 Bi-weekly. ($30,150.38 Annually)
- Be at least 18 years of age (no maximum age restriction)
- Be a United States Citizen
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Pass a drug test and physical examination
- Pass a background investigation and fingerprinting, which includes; no felony convictions; no misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement; no misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence.
- Must demonstrate good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
- Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
- Comprehensive health insurance and life insurance with accidental death and dismemberment benefits
- Supplemental Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and Hospitalization insurance
- Tuition-Free college courses
- 457 Tax Deferred Retirement Plan
Correctional Officers may also qualify for additional benefits:
- "Special Risk" Retirement benefits
- Criminal Justice Incentive Pay up to $1,560.00 annually ($130.00 per month)
- Annual uniform and shoe allowance of $325.00
- Annual salary additive of approximately $1,200 when employed in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, or St. Lucie counties
- Annual salary additive of approximately $2,500 when employed in Palm Beach, Broward, Dade or Monroe counties.
Below are the next steps to becoming a Correctional Officer:
- Step 1 - Apply in the People First system. (Click “Apply Now” at the top or bottom of this page.)
- Step 2 - Submit a FDC Correctional Officer Supplemental Application and Willingness Questionnaire, DC2-854. (You will be emailed this form the next business day after the online application is submitted.)
- Step 3 - FDC Recruitment Center will begin the process of conducting a Background Screening.
Note: Consideration as a correctional officer applicant begins upon completion of step 1 and 2.
Please visit http://www.fldocjobs.com/paths/co/index.html for additional information about working for the Florida Department of Corrections. You may also contact the Florida Department of Corrections Recruitment Center at (850) 717-3000 for assistance with your application process. If you experience problems applying online, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287. Only electronic applications will be accepted.