|Missouri Aims To Boost Correctional Officers' Low Pay To Help Fill Vacancies|
|By ksmu.org- Marissanne Lewis-Thompson|
Missouri ranks just behind Mississippi for the lowest-paid correctional officers in the country.
The average annual pay for a correctional officer in Missouri was $30,870 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, well below the national average of $47,600. Even with a recent pay bump of $1,050 a year, the department is struggling to retain and attract correctional officers for the state’s 21 prisons.
Currently, there are nearly 770 correctional officer positions vacant in the state.
To deal with that shortage, the department plans to consolidate two state prisons, Crossroads Correctional Center and Western Missouri Correctional Center, both in Cameron, Missouri, as well as give prison employees another small increase in pay.
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