A Detention Officer earns an average wage of $15.86 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Detention Officer Total Pay (?
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$22,322 - $47,162
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MEDIAN: $31,967
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Detention Officer Total Pay (?
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$11.40 - $22.18
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,322 - $47,162  
   
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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$23,519 - $48,969  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $22.18  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $33.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$23,519 - $48,969  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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.
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
up arrow 9%
National Average
$33,000
Atlanta
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$33,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 43 votes.
Gender
Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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