Correctional Counselor Salary

Correctional Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $42K annually. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $70K per year on the higher side. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,216 - $85,788
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$28K
$42K
$86K
MEDIAN: $41,924
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$11.66 - $30.26
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$12
$15
$30
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 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$25,564 - $70,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $30.26  
   
Overtime
$17.47 - $34.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$25,564 - $70,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $32K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $64K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

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: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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