Detention Officer Salary

Detention Officers in the United States take home an average $16.23 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.68 per hour and $22.79. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. More than half of Detention Officers (63 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,634 - $47,114
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,485
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$11.68 - $22.79
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,634 - $47,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
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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$24,346 - $48,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $22.79  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $36.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$24,346 - $48,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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Job Description for Detention Officer

A detention officer is a person who is assigned to a prison, jail, or other detention facility. These facilities typically house convicted criminals or persons who are being held, prior to standing trial. The detention officer works to maintain order within the facility and to ensure that inmates are safely held and guarded, as directed by court sentences or criminal law procedures.

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Detention Officer Tasks

  • 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.

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Detention Officers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Correctional Officer. Median pay for Correctional Officers is $34K.

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Detention Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $32K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $48K.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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