Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary

Correctional Officers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $34K annually on average. Earnings generally vary between $22K and $53K per year. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Correctional Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,420 - $51,972

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$9.55 - $23.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,420 - $51,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$22,141 - $52,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $23.75  
   
Overtime
$12.70 - $40.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$22,141 - $52,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Correctional Officers make a median salary of $37K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $41K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

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
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%
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