New Hire Bonus Programs

Join Team FDC as a Correctional Officer and you will be eligible for numerous bonus opportunities:

  • $3,000 new hire bonus for all new correctional officers 
  • +$1,000 hiring bonus for correctional officers to join high vacancy institutions
  • +$1,000 hiring bonus for certified correctional officer applicants

Certified staff returning will be eligible to receive $5,000 if all above criteria is met!


Bonus Details:

One-time Hiring Bonus for Returning FDC Officers or Certified Officers:

Certified Correctional Officers hired on or after July 1, 2021, may be eligible for a $1000 hiring bonus. To be eligible for this program, the officer’s certification status must meet one of the following conditions:

  • $1,000 hiring bonus for certified correctional officers
  • Be in current and good standing
  • Have a previous certification held in or out-of-state, with less than an eight-year break in service; or
  • Voluntarily relinquished certification

The one-time hiring bonus will be awarded on the first available pay period after eligibility is confirmed. Officers who received the High Vacancy Rate Bonus are not eligible for the one-time hiring bonus.


New Hire Bonus for High Vacancy Institutions:

New Hires who apply and are hired to work at a Correctional Institution with a 10% or more staff vacancy rate are eligible for an additional $1000 hiring bonus:

  • No experience is necessary to apply, and all training is provided.
  • During training and academy, non-certified officers receive a competitive starting salary and premier benefits, including health insurance, on day one of their new career.
  • High vacancy institutions.

Hiring Bonus for Education Positions:

Teacher Aides, Vocational Teachers, Academic Teachers and Special Education Teachers may be eligible for a $1000 hiring bonus. The education bonus will be awarded to new hires who meet the following qualifications:

If the position requires a teaching certification, a temporary teaching certification must be obtained prior to receiving the bonus. If the position does not require a teaching certification or the candidate is already certified, the employee is eligible for the bonus upon hire.

Current and former employees in one of the identified education positions who had a break in service with the Department of 31 days or less, or who previously received the bonus are not eligible for this bonus.

For more information about FDC’s bonus programs, contact the Office of Human Resources at 850-717-3200.


Upon successful completion of the basic training academy, newly certified officers at qualifying institutions will receive the bonus. 

Qualifying institutions include:


The Florida Department of Corrections is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, and are encouraged to apply.