NYC Department of Correction
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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?

Upcoming Correction Officer Exam Dates!
Exam No. 6308 Filing starts November 1-30, 2015
Exam No. 6315 Filing starts January 4-30, 2016
Exam No. 6325 Filing starts March 1-31, 2016
Exam No. 6332 Filing starts May 2-31, 2016

*Computer-based Testing, Payments and Application center open 6 days a week (excluding Sunday's and Holiday's)


Testing Center in                                     Testing Center in

 Lower Manhattan                                     Downtown Brooklyn

 2 Lafayette Street 17th Floor                   Brooklyn Municipal Building

  New York, NY 10007                               210 Joralemon Street-4th Floor

                                                                  Brooklyn, NY 11201

Applicant Investigation Unit