Detention Officer Salary (United States)

A Detention Officer earns an average wage of $15.95 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Detention Officer Total Pay (?
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$22,386 - $46,528
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MEDIAN: $32,126
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Detention Officer Total Pay (?
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$11.41 - $22.76
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,386 - $46,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
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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$23,536 - $47,863  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.41 - $22.76  
   
Overtime
$15.11 - $33.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
   
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).
)
$23,536 - $47,863  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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Job Description for Detention Officer

  • 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 Detention Officer

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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Phoenix
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Charlotte
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National Average
$33,000
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%
Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$33,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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