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Why join New York's Boldest?

Make a difference: As a correction officer, you’ll be an important part of New York City’s criminal justice system. Every day you’ll use your impeccable leadership, communication and social skills to positively impact the lives of the inmates entrusted to your care.

Be part of a team: You’ll be part of the city’s fraternity of law enforcement officers and in some cases, work alongside New York City Police Officers. And as one of an elite group of Correction Officers you’ll form lifelong friendships and bonds from the Academy and throughout your career.

Have a rewarding career: We recognize and reward great leaders. Exceptional Correction Officers have many opportunities to be promoted, and also get the chance to work in multiple divisions throughout their career, including: Emergency Service Unit/K-9 Unit, Correction Intelligence Bureau, Fire Safety, Applicant Investigations Unit, Communications, Transportation, Construction Management, Training Academy, Fire Arms & Tactics Unit, and Health Affairs among others.

Excellent benefits:

BENEFITS* Academy After 6 months After 1.5 years After 2.5 years After 3.5 years After 4.5 years After 5.5 years
Base salary $39,755 $39,755 $43,378 $46,785 $51,643 $55,823 $76,488
Uniform allowance $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100
Holiday pay $1,677 $1,677 $1,830 $1,974 $2,179 $2,355 $3,411
Night shift differential   $1,582 $1,683 $1,767 $1,853 $1,923 $4,232
Longevity pay             $4,365
Overtime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paid Sick Days Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Paid Vacation Days 13 13 13 13 13 13 27
Paid Holidays 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Choice of Medical Programs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Prescription, Dental and Eyeglass Coverage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deferred Compensation, 401K, IRA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Total Salary** $42,532 $44,114 $47,991 $51,626 $56,775 $61,201 $89,596

*Benefits for a new Correction Officer as of July 9, 2015. Subject to change without notice.
** Excludes overtime pay and specialty pay.

Other Benefits

  • Annuity fund
  • Home Mortgage Program
  • Optional retirement at one half salary after 22.5 years of service
  • Annual $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund, upon retirement OR Annual banking of $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund after 22.5 years of service if not retiring
  • Educational opportunities
  • Overtime is paid at time and one half
  • 30 days paid Military leave

Ready to take your first steps toward and exciting career?

  • Make sure you're eligible. Check out our minimum qualifications to become a NYC Correction Officer.
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  • Take the Correction Officer Exam. Check the NYC Exams website often for further details about the upcoming Correction Officer exam. You can also send us your email address at to receive more information about opportunities at the Department of Correction.

                                       CORRECTION OFFICER COMPUTERIZED EXAM 6315

                                        Pre-registration starts Monday, December 28, 2015

                                        Exam Starts on January 4, 2016 through January 30, 2016

    Upcoming Correction Officer Exam Dates!

    Exam No. 6315

    Filing starts December 28,2015 – January 30,2016

    Exam No. 6325

    Filing starts February 26,2016 - March 31,2016

    Exam No. 6332

    Filing starts April 28, 2016 – May 31,2016

    You may register to take the Correction Officer Exam-No. 6315 starting on December 28, 2015. Registration for the exam must be done online or in-person at one of the below noted testing centers. When registering you can reserve a test date, time, and location that is most convenient for you. Seating is limited, please register early!

  1. Create an account online at:

  2. Apply Online for the Exam at:  (Sample: 6308  CORRECTION OFFICER)

  3. For more information about payments and fee waivers for this exam please contact DCAS directly at (212) 669-1357 or walk into the testing centers for more information.

Testing Center in
Lower Manhattan
2 Lafayette Street 17th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Testing Center in
Downtown Brooklyn
Brooklyn Municipal Building
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Applicant Investigation Unit