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TDCJ Corrections as a Career

Consider the career advancement opportunities within Texas Department of Criminal Justice. You can get your correctional career started, no experience required, by applying for a Correctional Officer position. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can begin the Correctional Officer application process today by requesting the CO pre-employment test.

If you apply and are hired through the regular applicant process, you will be paid while you attend the TDCJ Training Academy.  Once you become a Correctional Officer I (CO-I) you can advance up the career ladder to a Correctional Officer V (CO-V) based upon satisfactory active service.

Career Advancement Opportunities

If you choose a TDCJ Correctional Career, you may wish to pursue other advancement opportunities. The following positions are supervisory positions and are not included in a career ladder. These positions are posted as vacancies occur, and qualified applicants must apply for specific vacancies.

Correctional Supervisor Salary Effective September 1, 2015

Correctional Supervisor Salary
Title Salary Group *Monthly Salary
Sergeant B17 $3,766.78
Lieutenant B18 $3,955.17
Captain B19 $4,152.95
Major B20 $4,453.12

*Salary rates may differ for return-to-work retirees who are not ERS contributors.

Review the TDCJ Job Search to determine if any of these positions are currently posted.  Applicants may apply for any position for which they meet the minimum requirements listed on the job description.

Additional Information

Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major positions are supervisory positions and are not included in a career ladder. These positions are posted as vacancies occur and qualified applicants must apply for specific vacancies. Please review the TDCJ Job Search to determine which positions are currently posted.

Assistant Warden and Warden positions are posted annually.  Applications submitted for annual postings are retained on file for utilization in selection for future vacancies until the posting expires. Please call the telephone number listed for each position to obtain a complete job description and additional information

Links of Interest

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Page updated: 09/15/2017