Correctional Counselor Salary

Correctional Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $42K annually. Earnings sit near $25K on the lower side but can approach $69K per year on the higher side. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Correctional Counselors. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Correctional Counselors (51 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,216 - $85,788
(Median)
$28K
$42K
$86K
MEDIAN: $41,924
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$11.61 - $27.29
(Median)
$12
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$28,216 - $85,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,265 - $69,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $27.29  
   
Overtime
$16.80 - $34.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,265 - $69,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Correctional Counselor

  • Conduct or ensure regularly scheduled interviews with inmates.
  • Ensure inmates’ rights are protected and required services are provided.
  • Plan and coordinate inmate services and programs.
  • Write and submit regular reports.

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Correctional Counselors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $31K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Correctional Counselors make a median salary of $44K. Correctional Counselors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $64K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%
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