Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Detention Officers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $33K—can reach $36K. Compensation is $41K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Detention Officers tend to earn $51K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.