Governor announces 37% salary increase for correctional officers

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday announced a major salary bump for correction officers in Tennessee (this does not apply to local jails).

They will get a 37% salary increase effective on December 16.

That raises annual starting pay to $44,500.

Current security staff will get at least a 15% pay increase.

“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. Lee. “These Tennesseans play a crucial role in ensuring public safety and we remain committed to valuing their important work.”

Tennessee is actively recruiting new prison employees which are in short supply across the country.

TDOC will continue to offer a $5,000 hiring bonus and part-time opportunities for current or retired law enforcement to meet staffing needs.

TDOC Interim Commissioner Lisa Helton says “This salary increase makes our agency more competitive in attracting new talent and is a well-deserved raise for those currently serving our state.”

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