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Correctional Counselor Salary

Correctional Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Correctional Counselors (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,156 - $72,746
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MEDIAN: $39,935
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$11.22 - $30.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,156 - $72,746  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,682  
Total Pay (?
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$24,769 - $68,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $30.38  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $34.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,682  
   
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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$24,769 - $68,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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.


For many Correctional Counselors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $31K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $34K. Correctional Counselors see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

Experience Affects Correctional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 12%