Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (United States)

More than half of Correctional Officers are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $33,838 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $22,420 to $55,649 per year. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Making up 74 percent of the field, male Correctional Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Correctional Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (?
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$24,570 - $56,351
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MEDIAN: $34,671
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Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (?
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$9.67 - $22.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,570 - $56,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
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 - $55,649  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$12.93 - $41.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
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 - $55,649  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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. Salaries start at $31K, which grows to $37K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Correctional Officers experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $48K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent 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. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Experience Affects Correctional Officer / Jailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%
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