Detention Officer Salary

The average Detention Officer in the United States earns approximately $16.25 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.67 per hour on the lower side but can approach $22.96 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Detention Officers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. The majority of Detention Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,848 - $47,114
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,206
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$11.67 - $22.96
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,848 - $47,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$24,278 - $48,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $22.96  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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).
)
$24,278 - $48,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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

  • 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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Detention Officers who transition into an upper level Correctional Officer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Correctional Officer makes $34K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

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


Detention Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $32K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $48K.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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