Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Correctional Officers, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. New salaries start at $31K and reach $37K in five to 10 years. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the field, Correctional Officers continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $48K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.