Florida Correctional Officers: Fact Sheet
1. 20 out of 50 institutions have vacancy rates above the critical staffing need:
- Institutions with vacancy rates above 30% – Gulf, Mayo, and Taylor
- Institutions with vacancy rates above 20% – Franklin, Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, and Suwannee
- Institutions with vacancy rates above 15% – Apalachee, Northwest Florida Reception Center, Cross City, Florida State Prison, Reception Medical Center, Martin, and Okeechobee
- Institutions with vacancy rates above 10% – Santa Rosa, Walton, Tomoka, Hardee, and South Florida Reception Center
2. An additional 6 institutions have vacancy rates within 2% of the critical staffing need:
- Institutions with vacancy rates above 9% – Jackson, Union, and Desoto
- Institutions with vacancy rates above 8% – Calhoun, Liberty and New River
3. Over 60% of Correctional Officers earn at or below the starting salary of $33,500
4. The average Correctional Officer salary in the United States is $44,572 as of March 28, 2019, but the range typically falls between $39,689 and $49,469.
5. The low salaries and high vacancy rates are causing a cycle of high turnover within the Department.
ENCOURAGE YOUR LEGISLATORS TO INVEST IN OUR SAFETY, AND STOP THE ATTRITION OF FLORIDA’S CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS. GIVE THEM THE RAISE THEY DESERVE!
Contact your State Representative and State Senator
State Corrections Chapter
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300 East Brevard Street
Tallahassee Florida, 32301
Local: (850) 222-3329
Fax: (850) 561-0192
Debbie Tully (Extension 411)