Correctional Officer / Jailer Salary (United States)

A little over a half of Correctional Officers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $33,838 per year on average. The top of the range reaches $55,649 per year, and the bottom approaches $22,420. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Correctional Officers. 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.
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.

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
up arrow 9%

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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