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Policy Analysis | September 1, 2008

What are the historical starting salaries for correctional officers in the SLC states?

Average Annual Salaries for Correctional Officers in the SLC states, 2000-2007

Data

State / Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Alabama $22,318 $22,318 $23,221 $23,917 $23,221 $23,917 $25,354 $27,552
Arkansas $19,931 $20,449 $20,981 $20,981 $22,370 $27,026 $27,358 $29,024
Florida $25,924 $25,175 $25,243 $25,243 N/A $30,204 $30,204 $30,808
Georgia $22,044 $22,044 $22,926 $23,614 $23,614 $23,614 $23,614 $23,614
Kentucky $18,264 $18,866 $19,377 $19,855 $19,855 $20,651 $22,595 $23,346
Louisiana $15,948 $18,360 $18,366 $18,366 $18,366 $18,366 $18,366 $24,357
Maryland $24,924 $25,921 $26,958 $26,958 $27,710 $28,126 $34,313 $35,000
Mississippi $17,073 $17,072 $17,073 $17,673 $17,673 $19,623 $20,371 $22,006
Missouri $21,300 $21,720 $23,268 $23,076 $23,520 $23,520 $25,248 $26,004
North Carolina $22,269 $22,894 $22,894 $22,894 $24,450 $25,301 $26,105 $26,209
Oklahoma $16,680 $20,672 $20,672 N/A N/A $20,672 $23,472 $24,605
South Carolina $19,748 $20,044 $20,542 $20,044 $20,645 $22,709 $23,390 $24,091
Tennessee $19,416 $19,876 $20,100 $20,700 $21,324 $23,064 $23,748 $24,456
Texas $21,942 $21,942 $22,772 $22,772 $22,772 $21,792 $21,792 $22,446
Virginia $20,823 $20,455 $22,361 $22,361 $22,864 $22,550 $24,257 $25,228
West Virginia $18,120 $18,120 $20,124 $20,124 $20,124 $20,124 $20,124 $20,124
Average $20,420 $20,996 $21,680 $21,905 $22,036 $23,204 $24,394 $25,554

Sources:
Comparative Data Reports on Corrections, 2000-2007, Southern Legislative Conference
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services