Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary

Correctional Officers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $34K per year. Compensation ranges from $23K on the lower end to $56K per year on the higher end. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Correctional Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Correctional Officers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,164 - $53,584
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$54K
MEDIAN: $33,621
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$9.54 - $24.51
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,164 - $53,584  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$22,911 - $56,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.54 - $24.51  
   
Overtime
$12.22 - $40.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$22,911 - $56,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Correctional Officer / Jailer

Correctional officers/jailers are responsible for facilitating correctional processes and performing administrative tasks in a correctional facility, including opening locked doors and registering visitors. They also coordinate with other jailers to reach all institutional objectives in a timely manner, but should be organized and work independently without supervision.

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Correctional Officer / Jailer Tasks

  • 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $30K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $35K. Correctional Officers see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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