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Correctional Officer Salary

The tables below contain salary information for full-time Correctional Officers at each level of the career ladder. Links are also provided to the job description for each level.

Full-Time Correctional Officer Salary

Effective July 1, 2023

Full-Time Correctional Officer Salary, Effective July 1, 2023
Title Months of Service *Non-Maximum Unit **Maximum Security Unit
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
CO II 0-2 $44,674 $3,722.82 $21.48 $46,014 $3,834.50 $22.12
CO II 3-6 $45,890 $3,824.18 $22.06 $47,267 $3,938.91 $22.72
CO III 7-12 $47,048 $3,920.64 $22.62 $48,459 $4,038.26 $23.30
CO IV 13-24 $48,323 $4,026.91 $23.23 $49,773 $4,147.72 $23.93
CO IV 25-36 $49,679 $4,139.90 $23.88 $51,169 $4,264.10 $24.60
CO IV 37-72 $51,035 $4,252.89 $24.54 $52,566 $4,380.48 $25.27
CO V 73+ $54,338 $4,528.20 $26.12 $55,969 $4,664.05 $26.91

Effective September 1, 2024

Full-Time Correctional Officer Salary, Effective September 1, 2024
Title Months of Service *Non-Maximum Unit **Maximum Security Unit
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
CO II 0-2 $47,674 $3,972.82 $22.92 $49,104 $4,092.00 $23.61
CO II 3-6 $48,890 $4,074.18 $23.50 $50,357 $4,196.41 $24.21
CO III 7-12 $50,048 $4,170.64 $24.06 $51,549 $4,295.76 $24.78
CO IV 13-24 $51,323 $4,276.91 $24.67 $52,863 $4,405.22 $25.41
CO IV 25-36 $52,679 $4,389.90 $25.33 $54,259 $4,521.60 $26.09
CO IV 37-72 $54,035 $4,502.89 $25.98 $55,656 $4,637.98 $26.76
CO V 73+ $57,338 $4,778.20 $27.57 $59,059 $4,921.55 $28.39

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

**Correctional staff working on maximum-security facilities will receive an additional 3% as maximum-security differential (MSD) pay. Maximum-Security Facilities: Allred, Beto, Clements, Coffield, Connally, Darrington, Ellis, Estelle, Ferguson, Hughes, Lewis, McConnell, Michael, Montford, Polunsky, Robertson, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Telford, Wainwright, Wynne

A veteran who has completed at least two years active military service and has been discharged under honorable conditions, or an applicant who has earned an associate's or bachelor's degree from an accredited college will start as a Correctional Officer IV with 13-24 months service.

A CO applicant with prior government correctional custody or law enforcement experience within the 36-month period preceding date of hire shall be hired at a pay level corresponding with the months of service if dates of employment are verified by former employer and the applicant left employer in good standing.

View TDCJ Corrections as a Career and the salary schedule for CO Supervisors.


Part-Time Correctional Officer Salary

The tables below contain salary information for part-time Correctional Officers at each level of the career ladder. Links are also provided to the job description for each level.

Effective July 1, 2023

Part-Time Correctional Officer Salary, Effective July 1, 2023
Title Months of Service *Non-Maximum Unit **Maximum Security Unit
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
CO II 0-2 $22,337 $1,861.41 $21.48 $23,007 $1,917.25 $22.12
CO II 3-6 $22,945 $1,912.09 $22.06 $23,633 $1,969.45 $22.72
CO III 7-12 $23,524 $1,960.32 $22.62 $24,230 $2,019.13 $23.30
CO IV 13+ $24,162 $2,013.46 $23.23 $24,886 $2,073.86 $23.93

Effective September 1, 2024

Part-Time Correctional Officer Salary, Effective September 1, 2024
Title Months of Service *Non-Maximum Unit **Maximum Security Unit
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
Annual Monthly Hourly
(Estimate)
CO II 0-2 $23,837 $1,986.41 $22.92 $24,552 $2,046.00 $23.61
CO II 3-6 $24,445 $2,037.09 $23.50 $25,178 $2,098.20 $24.21
CO III 7-12 $25,024 $2,085.32 $24.06 $25,775 $2,147.88 $24.78
CO IV 13+ $25,662 $2,138.46 $24.67 $26,431 $2,202.61 $25.41

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

**Correctional staff working on maximum-security facilities will receive an additional 3% as maximum-security differential (MSD) pay. Maximum-Security Facilities: Allred, Beto, Clements, Coffield, Connally, Darrington, Ellis, Estelle, Ferguson, Hughes, Lewis, McConnell, Michael, Montford, Polunsky, Robertson, Scott, Skyview, Smith, Stiles, Telford, Wainwright, Wynne

Note: New part-time Correctional Officers attend the training academy for 6 weeks and on-the-job training at their unit of assignment for 2 weeks on a full-time basis. During this period, officers receive a full-time Correctional Officer II salary. For any remaining part of the second month of employment, the Correctional Officer receives the part-time salary of a Correctional Officer II.

Links of Interest

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Page updated: 01/26/2024