Correctional Officers in the United States can expect wages of $15.96 per hour on average. Male Correctional Officers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (69 percent) are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,285 - $68,517
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$69K
MEDIAN: $33,521
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90%

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$10.25 - $25.48
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,285 - $68,517  
   
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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$23,741 - $62,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $25.48  
   
Overtime
$1.48 - $40.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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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$23,741 - $62,917  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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Job Description for Correctional Officer / Jailer

Correctional officers/jailers work in correctional facilities and prisons to oversee individuals who have been arrested or sentenced to serve time in prison.

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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.


For many Correctional Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Correctional Officers see a median income of $31K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $62K on average.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 82%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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