Getting Paid


ETA is an electronic time and attendance system used by staff to report their time worked, request time off and report overtime worked. The information is submitted through the supervisor and is submitted to the payroll system at the end of each pay period.

Pay Schedule

The State of Missouri issues pay checks on a semimonthly basis (2 checks per month), as follows:

  • Time worked the 1st through the 15th of the month: The check will be dated the last working day of the month.
  • Time worked the 16th through the end of the month: The check will be dated the 15th of the month. PLEASE NOTE: If the 15th is a Saturday, the check will be issued the previous working day. If the 15th is a Sunday, the check will be issued the following workday.

Depending on your start date, it might take as long as 2-4 weeks to issue your first paycheck.

Assistance Programs

While waiting for your first paycheck, you may find some of the following assistance programs to be helpful:

Retention Pay

The longer you work with the department, the more you earn. Each staff member gets a 1% pay increase for every two years of service, up to 20 years.

Security Differentials

Per the Personnel Advisory Board: All adult correctional institutions. (Effective 1/1/68; Revised 7/1/83; Revised 11/1/00; Revised 7/1/20)

Differential Percentage of
Base Salary Rate



Food Service Supervisor


Food Service Worker


Stores/Warehouse Assistant


Stores/Warehouse Associate

Shift Differentials

Per the Personnel Advisory Board: A pay differential of $.30 per hour will be allowed employees who work on a shift that begins between the hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00 A.M. in the classifications and agencies indicated below. (Effective 7/1/04; Revised 2/1/06; Revised 7/1/06; Revised 8/1/08; Revised 5/1/19; Revised 7/1/20)

Department of Corrections

  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Sergeant
  • Correctional Lieutenant
  • Correctional Captain
  • Probation & Parole Assistant
  • Senior Probation & Parole Assistant


Per the Personnel Advisory Board: A pay differential of $50.00 per semi-monthly pay period will be allowed for employees of the Department of Corrections who are members of the Corrections Emergency Response Team and have responsibility for addressing major emergency situations in adult institutions. (Revised 3/1/15)