Corrections Officer Salary

The average pay for a Corrections Officer is $16.51 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$27,202 - $61,759
$27K
$37K
$62K
MEDIAN: $37,328
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90%

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$12.51 - $24.97
$13
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,202 - $61,759  
   
Bonus
$96.96 - $3,091  
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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$27,390 - $59,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.35  
Overtime
$15.49 - $41.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$96.96 - $3,091  
   
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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$27,390 - $59,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 523

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Job Description for Corrections Officer

Corrections officers help ensure the safe and efficient management of prison and jail populations. Corrections officers make sure that all prison procedures and rules are followed, supervise and assist inmates as necessary, and report any issues related to health, behavior, or rules violations. These professionals are typically the first point of contact between incarcerated individuals and the prison administration and legal system. The officers enforce all procedures (usually on a very strict timeline), ensure discipline is maintained for the safety of the inmates, and closely observe all behaviors of incarcerated individuals, reporting and acting on anything out of the ordinary. While many jails have extensive surveillance systems to discourage misbehavior by inmates, the corrections officer also serves in a surveillance capacity.

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Corrections Officer Tasks

  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Corrections Officer

Pay by Experience for a Corrections Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Corrections Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 601 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Corrections Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 239 salaries. An experienced Corrections Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 229 salaries. A Corrections Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 92 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,659

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Key Stats for Corrections Officer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Corrections Officer Salaries

▲31%

▲20%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Corrections Officer Salaries

Counseling
▲5%


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

People Management
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 9%