Corrections Officer Salary

The average pay for a Corrections Officer is $16.38 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.

$26,320 - $59,736

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$10.93 - $24.76

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,320 - $59,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
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$24,768 - $58,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $24.76  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $40.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,016  
   
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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$24,768 - $58,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 602
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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 46%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Corrections Officer Salaries

People Management
up arrow 10%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%


National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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