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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. Compensation ranges between $22K and $54K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Correctional Officers who answered the questionnnaire. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Correctional Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,565 - $52,558
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,284
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50%
90%

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$9.58 - $24.19
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,565 - $52,558  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$22,344 - $53,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$12.65 - $43.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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).
)
$22,344 - $53,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $35K. On average, Correctional Officers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $47K on average.

 
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
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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