Correctional Counselor Salary

Correctional Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $42K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $26K on the lower end to $70K per year on the higher end. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Correctional Counselors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Correctional Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,412 - $88,162
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$88K
MEDIAN: $41,925
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$11.80 - $25.34
(Median)
$12
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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  
Total Pay (?
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$25,742 - $70,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Correctional Counselors make a median salary of $43K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $66K.

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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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