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Federal Law Enforcement Hiring: Your Complete Guide

Chris McConnell


Position: Correctional Officer

Where: Bureau of Prisons
Agency: Department of Justice

Correctional Officers are the largest part of the workforce at the Bureau of Prisons. Correctional Officers enforce the rules and regulations of a federal prison and serve both as a supervisor and counselor to inmates.

Salary – Correctional Officers will generally start at either a GS-5 or a GS-6 depending on education and previous experience, preferably in a law enforcement setting. This is roughly between $27,000 and $40,000 in base pay, though locality pay can also increase salary significantly.

Check out the 2010 GS pay scale preview

Qualifications: Besides being a U.S. Citizen (sort of obvious), you’ll need be under 37 years of age before your first day on the job as well as pass a background investigation and a basic physical abilities test.

Learn more about BOP eligibility standards

Currently the Bureau of Prisons is at hiring for the following prisons: Atwater, CA; Coleman, FL; Danbury, CT; Dublin, CA; Herlong, CA; Pollock, LA; Tucson, AZ; and Victorville, CA

Read more at the Bureau of Prisons Eligibility & Pre-Employment Statements

Learn more about the Bureau of Prisons here

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