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Detention Officer Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Detention Officer is $16.08 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Detention Officer Salary (?
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$22,704 - $48,162
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $32,787
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Detention Officer Salary (?
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$11.93 - $22.40
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,704 - $48,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$24,649 - $48,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $22.40  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $35.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$24,649 - $48,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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
$34,000
Atlanta
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%