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Mississippi Dept. of Corrections hope higher salaries will help in officer recruitment

By: Frank Corder - July 5, 2022

“Good employees are the foundation of a positive environment for everyone,” Commissioner Burl Cain says.

Looking for a job?  The Mississippi Department of Corrections is raising salaries and hopes to attract candidates for their open positions.

As of July 1, correctional officers and case managers at the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) will see a 10% percent increase in their salaries.

The base salary for a corporal officer now starts at just over $36,000; for a sergeant it is over $40,000; for a captain it is over $42,000; and for a major it starts over $47,000.

In addition, benefits packages can range from about $17,000 to over $20,000 each year.

The new salary increase comes on the heels of other increases at MDOC since January 1, 2022.

MDOC has put a heavy focus on recruiting and training as the department continues to make improvements.

MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain

“One of MDOC’s top priorities is offering quality candidates real opportunities to move up fast in both careers and pay scales,” MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain said in a release.  “This substantial salary increase will help us attract people who will really invest back into our vision and goal for what MDOC will become. This is the first step of many in ramping up our recruiting efforts.”

MDOC is hiring for several positions, each with different education and experience requirements. In addition to the new salaries, a retirement plan, medical, dental and vision insurance are available for full-time employees. Paid on-the-job training, vacation, and sick leave also are among the benefits.

“We’ve worked nonstop for over two years to get these increases approved,” continued Commissioner Cain, “and now we have them to the benefit of our workforce and to the public at large because as we hire and train more officers, our prisons become safer. We are focused on creating a positive work culture where honest, hardworking people want to come and be a part of a new MDOC focusing on constant improvements. Good employees are the foundation of a positive environment for everyone.”

Interested candidates should email to learn more.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: