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Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Correctional Officers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $34K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Correctional Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (?
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$24,531 - $56,422
(Median)
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34K
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56K
MEDIAN: $34,390
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Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (?
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$9.76 - $22.68
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,531 - $56,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,083  
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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$22,327 - $55,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $22.68  
   
Overtime
$14.25 - $41.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,083  
   
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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$22,327 - $55,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. Correctional Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Correctional Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$33,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 7%