A new report says correctional officers employed by the Division of Corrections have the lowest entry-level salaries in the nation.
The report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's Office says the entry-level salary for correctional officers is $22,141 annually. Illinois has the highest entry-level salary, $45,103.
Correctional officers earn about $16,400 less than their counterparts at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The report also says the turnover rate among correctional officers was 37 percent in fiscal 2014. But low pay likely wasn't the only factor.