Corrections Officer Salary

The average pay for a Corrections Officer is $16.42 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.

$26,738 - $60,185
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $36,143
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$11.53 - $24.96
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,738 - $60,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
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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$25,841 - $58,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 658
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $24.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.35  
Overtime
$15.10 - $43.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
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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$25,841 - $58,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 704
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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

  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

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Experience Affects Corrections Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Corrections Officer Salaries


Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

People Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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