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Correctional Officer Recruitment

Becoming a correctional officer with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is an honorable profession.  Thank you for your consideration!

The starting salary for an Entry Level Correctional Officer is $46,965.

The starting salary for a Correctional Officer II Lateral Positions is $44,866-$67,374. Eligible candidates must be currently certified as a Correctional Officer in Maryland*, Delaware, New Jersey (Local and State), Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia. COII Lateral positions are available in Hagerstown, Cumberland and the Eastern Shore.

*Current DPSCS Employees are not eligible*

Newly hired correctional officers receive $2000 after successfully concluding their training at the academy and $3000 after the successful completion of their probationary period. Additional $2,500 bonus for hires and reinstatements in Hagerstown, Cumberland and the Eastern Shore.


  • Paid Time Off (Leave)
    • Annual Leave: Starts accruing at 10 days per year.
    • Sick Leave: Accrues at 15 days per year
    • Personal Days: Accrues 48 hours at the beginning of the year
    • State Holidays: Entitled to 11 days (12 days during election years)
    • Parental Leave
    • Compensatory Time
    • Leave Bank
    • Others
  • Health Benefits
    • You and your family may benefit from our medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage.
    • You also may be eligible for life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance plans at low group rates.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Health Spending Account
    • Dependent Care Spending Account
  •  Student Loan Repayment/Forgiveness Programs
  • Correctional Officers’ Retirement System
    • Mandatory contribution of 5%
    • Vests after 10 years
    • Normal service retirement after 20 years of service.

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Additional Links

Correctional Officer Recruitment Homepage
Minimum Qualifications
Essential Documents
Compensation, Benefits & Icentives
Interview & Background
Training Academy

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is proud of the men and women who have dedicated themselves to keep our communities safe.  It’s a career and duty they do not take lightly. 

We look forward to assisting you in your journey to become part of our team.

Contact Info

Human Resources Services Division
6776 Reisterstown Road - Suite #204
Baltimore, MD 21215

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