State correctional officers to receive pay increase

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ADOC Commissioner John Hamm (Alabama Department of Corrections)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner John Hamm recently announced pay increases and new pay grades for correctional officers statewide. The ADOC said this is an important step in the commissioner’s plan to strengthen the department’s recruiting and retention efforts. 

The ADOC said it has been working closely with the State Personnel Department, with the full support of Governor Kay Ivey, to overhaul salaries paid to existing and prospective employees in ADOC’s Correctional Officer classification series. Successful initiatives so far include: 

  1. Increase in starting salary for correction officer trainees 

$55,855 at MAXIMUM SECURITY FACILITIES 

$53,245 at MEDIUM SECURITY FACILITIES 

$50,712 at WORK RELEASE / COMMUNITY WORK CENTERS 

  1. Pay grade/salary increases for current correctional officers 

The new pay grades will allow additional steps for pay progression. 

  1. New promotion classification established 

Correctional Security Guard Senior is a newly established promotional classification. 

  1. Expanded location differentials 

The expansion of location differentials for medium and maximum-security facilities now includes support staff in addition to correctional officers. 

Said Hamm, “While I am proud of our successes so far, they represent the beginning of an ambitious agenda. Some of the projects we have prioritized, but are not limited to, are building new prison facilities; implementing a modern inmate management system; streamlining the correctional officer hiring, retention and training processes; and actively supporting the reinstatement of Tier 1 retirement benefits for all employees.”