Corrections Officer Salary (United States)

A Corrections Officer earns an average wage of $16.19 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Oral / Verbal Communication is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Corrections Officer Salary (?
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$24,963 - $59,744
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $34,714
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Corrections Officer Salary (?
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$10.80 - $25.05
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,963 - $59,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,227  
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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$24,182 - $58,309  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.80 - $25.05  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $42.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,227  
   
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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$24,182 - $58,309  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 576
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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.

Common Career Paths for Corrections Officer

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Pay by Experience Level for Corrections Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 69%
Las Vegas
up arrow 53%
Buffalo
up arrow 45%
National Average
$35,000
Cleveland
up arrow 1%
Phoenix
up arrow 6%
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Corrections Officer Advice

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Corrections Officers need to be professional, have a strong work ethic and be strong in your own self.

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Experience Affects Corrections Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%
Experienced
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Corrections Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%
National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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