Becoming a Correctional Officer in Idaho

The Idaho Department of Corrections is divided into three jurisdictions in order to best serve the needs of inmates, employees, and communities throughout the state. Idaho currently has approximately 7,500 adult inmates incarcerated in ten prisons such as Idaho Maximum Security Institution (IMSI), Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI), and South Boise Women's Correctional Center (SBWCC) as well as four community re-entry facilities such as Idaho Falls Community Re-entry Center and Nampa Community Re-entry Center across the state. If necessary, inmates are also held temporarily in county jails and through out-of-state contract placements. As such, the state Department of Correction is recruiting men and women for front line correctional officer positions. The current 1,960 staff are expected to grow over the next decade to number 2,058 members due to retirement, industry expansion, and career advancement. Applicants must meet the department's hiring criteria, and be ready for intensive on-the-job training in order to support the state's mandate to keep offenders positively engaged in opportunities for education, treatment and work opportunities. Read more on this page about how Department of Corrections staff in Idaho are inspired to make a difference in the lives of offenders. Those interested in working in juvenile corrections will find important local and national resources through the Idaho Juvenile Justice Association.


College of Western Idaho

5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: (208) 562-3000

College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: (208) 733-9554

North Idaho College

1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2199
Phone: (208) 769-3300

Boise State University

1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725
Phone: (208) 426-1011

Lewis-Clark State College

500 8th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
Phone: (208) 792-5272

Idaho State University

921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: (208) 282-2700

Northwest Nazarene University

623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686-5897
Phone: (208) 467-8011

Idaho Correctional Officer Certification Requirements

Idaho's state Department of Corrections is continually looking for new personnel who will help the department manage offenders to the best of their ability for the safety of all. Interested applicants are encouraged to monitor job postings through email and complete the initial application online. Upon completion and authorization of a background check, additional documents must be submitted. They are:

  • Proof of age and US citizenship
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Proof of honorable discharge (DD-214) if applicable

After an initial waiting period while background investigations ensue, successful candidates will be contacted to arrange an in-person interview with members of the department. Please bring all documents with you at this time.

Candidates who have interviewed successfully may be granted a conditional offer of employment. At that time, medical and fitness testing will continue and candidates will be enrolled in a ten-week paid training program in order to become familiar with Idaho DOC policies and procedures. New hires who are not successful during the final training phase will be released from duty as passing recruit training is a mandatory final step of the hiring process.

Idaho Department of Correction

1299 N. Orchard St., Suite 110
Boise, ID
Phone: (208) 658-2000

Idaho Correctional Officer Employment & Outlook

Correctional Officer Salary: Idaho vs National Salary Comparison

Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2011

The state Department of Corrections in Idaho encourages civic-minded citizens to look toward the corrections field for lucrative career opportunities. At this time, the median income for correctional officers throughout the state is lower than the national average at $30,500, with the national median income at $39,800, however professional development can boost salary. According to occupational data for the state of Colorado, available at and published by, state trends will experience a 11% growth curve from now until 2022, which translates into 70 new openings and existing vacancies annually.

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Idaho Correctional Officer Salaries By Area

The table below lists career information obtained from the BLS for correctional officers in Idaho. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Boise City, Nampa940$14.56$30,290
Coeur d'Alene100$20.21$42,030
Idaho Falls100$17.80$37,030