Correctional Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $41K annually on average. Women account for the majority of Correctional Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,637 - $87,767
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$88K
MEDIAN: $40,771
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90%

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$12.50 - $32.36
(Median)
$12
$17
$32
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$25,637 - $87,767  
   
Bonus
$700  
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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$25,931 - $69,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $32.36  
   
Overtime
$18.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$700  
   
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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$25,931 - $69,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Correctional Counselors. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $35K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $38K. Correctional Counselors see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $68K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 76%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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