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Detention Officer Salary (United States)

Detention Officers in the United States typically take home $16.05 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.45 per hour on the lower end to $23.31 on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male Detention Officers are more prevalent than women — 64 percent of professionals in this field are men. Most Detention Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Detention Officer Salary (?
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$22,418 - $47,290
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MEDIAN: $32,349
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Detention Officer Salary (?
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$11.45 - $23.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,418 - $47,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$23,603 - $48,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $23.31  
   
Overtime
$15.07 - $33.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$23,603 - $48,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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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Detention Officers who transition into an upper level Correctional Officer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. Correctional Officers typically make $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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $51K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

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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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Detention Officers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Detention Officers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+12 percent) and Charlotte (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%