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What if you found out that there was a rewarding career awaiting you with competitive pay and great benefits?

While you may have never thought about working in corrections, a career at the state’s largest pre-trial detention facility awaits you right here in Greenville County. The Greenville County Detention Center is looking for motivated professionals who are eager to secure their future. No prior law-enforcement experience is necessary to begin a promising career that offers both job security and opportunities for career advancement.

Upon beginning your career as a Detention Officer, you will receive a competitive salary and a great benefits package. You will then receive the very best training available and an opportunity to attend more advanced training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Your desire to find a job where hard work and dedication are rewarded has ended. At the Greenville County Detention Center we have developed a technique to identify the potential in all our employees. There are many success stories to be told about officers who applied themselves and rapidly rose through the ranks. Because of the number of opportunities available to our officers, they are able to advance more quickly than they could at other similar law enforcement agencies.

If you are questioning how this can happen for you, contact us and find out about all the possibilities.

Go to www.greenvillecounty.org/apps/onlineapplications to submit your application. A recruiter will contact you via email to begin discussing your future. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Employment Opportunities

This salary schedule is not a contract; it shows potential salaries of qualified applicants.

Detention Officer Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice or Bilingual Bachelor's Degree in CRJ or Combination of
Associate's Degree and Bilingual
Master's Degree in CRJ or Combination of
Bachelor's Degree and Bilingual
+ 5% + 10% + 15%
Non-Certified Base $18.1931 $19.1027 hour/$39,734 year $20.0124 hour/ $41,626 year $20.9220 hour/$43,518 year
Certified Base $18.9208 $19.8668 hour/$41,323 year $20.8128 hour/$43,291 year $21.7589 hour/$45,259 year
+1.25% Each Year of Criminal Justice (CRJ) Experience

The following chart also explains the rate at which a Detention Officer’s salary will grow with each year of service in Greenville County as well as the salary one can expect following a promotion to a higher ranking position at the Detention Center:

Full Years Certified DO Corporal Sergeant Lieutenant
Uncertified DO 0 $18,1931 $19,4666 $20.8293 $22.2873
Certified DO 1 $18.9208 $20.2453 $21.6624 $23.1788
2 $19.4884 $20.8526 $22.3123 $23.8742 3.0%
3 $20.0731 $21.4782 $22.9817 $24.5904 3.0%
4 $20.6753 $22.1225 $23.6711 $25.3281 3.0%
5 $21.0888 $22.5650 $24.1445 $25.8347 2.0%
6 $21.5105 $23.0163 $24.6274 $26.3513 2.0%
7 $21.9408 $23.4766 $25.1200 $26.8784 2.0%
8 $22.2699 $23.8288 $25.4968 $27.2816 1.5%
9 $22.6039 $24.1862 $25.8792 $27.6908 1.5%
10 $22.9430 $24.5490 $26.2674 $28.1061 1.5%
11 $23.1724 $24.7945 $26.5301 $28.3872 1.0%
12 $23.4041 $25.0424 $26.7954 $28.6711 1.0%
13 $23.6382 $25.2928 $27.0633 $28.9578 1.0%
14 $23.8746 $25.5458 $27.3340 $29.2474 1.0%
15 $24.1133 $25.8012 $27.6073 $29.5398 1.0%
16 $24.3544 $26.0592 $27.8834 $29.8352 1.0%
17 $24.5980 $26.3198 $28.1622 $30.1336 1.0%
18 $24.8440 $26.5830 $28.4438 $30.4349 1.0%
19 $25.0924 $26.8489 $28.7283 $30.7393 1.0%
20 $25.3433 $27.1174 $29.0156 $31.0467 1.0%
21 $25.5968 $27.3885 $29.3057 $31.3571 1.0%
22 $25.8527 $27.6624 $29.5988 $31.6707 1.0%
23 $26.1133 $27.9390 $29.8948 $31.9874 1.0%
24 $26.3724 $28.2184 $30.1937 $32.3073 1.0%
25 $26.6361 $28.5006 $30.4957 $32.6304 1.0%
26 $26.9024 $28.7856 $30.8006 $32.9567 1.0%
27 $27.1715 $29.0735 $31.1086 $23.2862 1.0%
28 $27.4432 $29.3642 $31.4197 $33.6191 1.0%
29 $27.7176 $29.6579 $31.7339 $33.9553 1.0%
30 $27.9948 $29.9544 $32.0512 $34.2948 1.0%
31 $28.2747 $30.2540 $32.3718 $34.6378 1.0%
32 $28.5575 $30.5565 $32.6955 $34.9842 1.0%
33 $28.8431 $30.8621 $33.0224 $35.3340 1.0%
34 $29.1315 $31.1707 $33.3526 $35.6873 1.0%
35 $29.4228 $31.4824 $33.6862 $36.0442 1.0%
36 $29.7170 $31.7972 $34.0230 $36.4047 1.0%
37 $30.0142 $32.1152 $34.3633 $36.7687 1.0%
38 $30.3144 $32.4364 $34.7069 $37.1364 1.0%
39 $30.6175 $32.7607 $35.0540 $37.5077 1.0%
40 $30.9237 $33.0883 $35.4045 $37.8828 1.0%

Minimum qualifications:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A US citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid South Carolina drivers license
  • Clear FBI/SLED background check
  • Must be able to successfully complete pre-employment testing & physicals
  • Must be available to work any assigned shifts

Applicants must provide a copy of the following with their application:

  • Birth Certificate
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Valid SC Driver's License
  • DD214 (if applicable)
  • Social Security Card
  • Listing of addresses for the past 4 years


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