Correctional Counselor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Correctional Counselors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $42K per year. 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 54 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Correctional Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,412 - $88,162
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$27K
$42K
$88K
MEDIAN: $41,925
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$11.80 - $25.34
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$27,412 - $88,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
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$25,742 - $70,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $25.34  
   
Overtime
$16.80 - $34.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,575  
   
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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$25,742 - $70,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Correctional Counselor

Correctional counselors work in jails and prisons. Their overarching task is to oversee the inmates at their facility, including their behavior, and help with their progress (such as by creating ways for inmates to learn how to cope with behavioral issues, helping them register for job training or GED programs, and considering which inmates could be released early). They also conduct questionnaires with inmates to discover their strengths and weaknesses to help figure out which jobs they are best suited for. Most correctional counselors work in federal or state detention facilities, but others work in care facilities or nursing, tending to inmates in need of physical and/or mental assistance.

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Correctional Counselor Tasks

  • 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $40K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $66K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Correctional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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