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Detention Officer Salary

Detention Officers in the United States take home an average $16.15 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.79 per hour, and the top verges on $22.44. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up the majority of Detention Officers (65 percent) survey respondents. 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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$23,019 - $47,840
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $31,919
10%
50%
90%

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$11.79 - $22.44
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,019 - $47,840  
   
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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$24,368 - $48,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $22.44  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $36.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$24,368 - $48,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211

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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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Many Detention Officers move into a Correctional Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Correctional Officers on average bring in a similar salary to Detention Officers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Detention Officers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $32K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $36K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $49K.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%