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Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Correctional Officers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $34K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22K, and the top verges on $54K per year. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Correctional Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Correctional Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,490 - $52,598
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,051
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90%

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$9.65 - $24.59
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,490 - $52,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$22,397 - $54,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $24.59  
   
Overtime
$12.74 - $43.35  
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 - $1,017  
   
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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$22,397 - $54,333  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137

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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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $30K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. Correctional Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $47K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%
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