November 17, 2021
Contact: FDC Communications
ICYMI: Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Corrections Announce Increased Hiring Bonuses, Additional Incentives for Correctional Officers
New hires are eligible to receive hiring bonuses ranging from $3,000 to $5,000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Now is the time to become a state correctional officer. Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced unprecedented incentives for correctional officer new hires, including hiring bonuses up to $5,000.
“As so many cities and states choose to disrespect, degrade and defund the work of men and women in uniform, we want Florida to continue valuing them today, tomorrow and for generations to come,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This year, we have prioritized initiatives to recruit and reward high quality officers, especially corrections officers, and these new bonuses, effective immediately, will help support public safety positions within the Florida Department of Corrections.”
Effective immediately new bonus offered, detailed below:
Beginning January 2022, state correctional officers starting salary will be raised to $38,750 (an increase of 16%).
In addition to an increase in correctional officer salary, all current state correctional officers will receive a one-time $1,500 bonus, and state probation officers will receive a $3,000 bonus December 2021.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.