Pay and Benefits

Pay Ranges

Correctional Officer/Youth Correctional Officer

Range A = $3,999 (During Academy) 
Range J = $4,920 (After Academy)
Range K = $8,216 (Top of Pay Scale)

Youth Correctional Counselor

Range A = $3,999 (During Academy)
Range J = $5,384 (After Academy)
Range K = $9,001 (Top of pay scale)

Pay Bonus

CDCR offers recruitment and retention pay or housing stipends at some institutions in addition to the regular salary.

Recruitment and Retention Differential Pay:

Persons accepting positions at the institutions listed below will receive an additional $2,600 differential pay (two payments of $1,300). The first payment will be after completion of six qualifying pay periods.
The second payment will be after completion of an additional six consecutive qualifying pay periods.

  • Avenal State Prison
  • California Correctional Center
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • Centinela State Prison
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • High Desert State Prison
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • Pelican Bay State Prison
  • R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility
  • Sierra Conservation Center

Housing Stipend Pay:

An additional $200 per month housing stipend will be paid to persons accepting positions at the following institutions:

  • Correctional Training Facility
  • Salinas Valley State Prison
  • San Quentin State Prison

Learn more about our priority prisons.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Sick and Vacation Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Recruitment Incentive
  • Recruitment and Retention Differential Pay
  • Bilingual Pay
  • Education incentive
  • 401 (k) Plan
  • 401 (k) Deferred Compensation


CalPERS Retirement – 2.5% at 57 years of age

For more information about benefits, please review the Contract for Bargaining Unit 6.