A Detention Officer earns an average wage of $16.36 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
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$23,495 - $49,439
$23K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,922
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50%
90%

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$11.64 - $22.95
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,495 - $49,439  
   
Bonus
$700  
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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$24,316 - $50,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $34.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$700  
   
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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$24,316 - $50,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204

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Job Description for Detention Officer

A detention officer is a person who is assigned to a prison, jail, or other detention facility. These facilities typically house convicted criminals or persons who are being held, prior to standing trial. The detention officer works to maintain order within the facility and to ensure that inmates are safely held and guarded, as directed by court sentences or criminal law procedures.

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Detention 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 Detention Officer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,506

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Key Stats for Detention Officer

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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