Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary

Correctional Officers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $34K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $22K to $53K per year. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Correctional Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Correctional Officers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,583 - $51,787
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $33,986
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$9.67 - $23.63
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,583 - $51,787  
   
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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$22,420 - $52,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $23.63  
   
Overtime
$12.79 - $41.24  
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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$22,420 - $52,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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.


For Correctional Officers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $36K. On average, Correctional Officers make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

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
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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