Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary

Correctional Officers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $34K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $22K to $53K per year. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Correctional Officers. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Correctional Officers who answered the questionnnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,471 - $51,832
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $33,897
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$9.56 - $23.71
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,471 - $51,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
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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$22,200 - $52,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $23.71  
   
Overtime
$12.70 - $40.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
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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$22,200 - $52,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Correctional Officer / Jailer

  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail.

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer / Jailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Correctional Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. Correctional Officers bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Correctional Officers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $41K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%
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