Correctional Counselor Salary

Correctional Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $41K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $25K, and the higher rates verge on $71K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Correctional Counselors (50 percent) survey respondents. Men make up a slight majority of Correctional Counselors (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Correctional Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,504 - $85,275
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$85K
MEDIAN: $41,313
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$11.52 - $30.14
(Median)
$12
$15
$30
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$26,504 - $85,275  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$25,076 - $70,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $30.14  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $34.66  
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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$25,076 - $70,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Correctional Counselors. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $31K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $35K. For Correctional Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average.

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Experience Affects Correctional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 71%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 12%