Detention Officer Salary

Median pay for Detention Officers in the United States is around $16.37 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Detention Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Detention Officers are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,329 - $52,953
$23K
$34K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,256
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$11.65 - $22.74
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MEDIAN: $16.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,329 - $52,953  
   
Bonus
$600  
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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$24,185 - $50,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $22.74  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $33.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$600  
   
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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$24,185 - $50,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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

  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.

Common Career Paths for Detention Officer


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Detention Officers who go on to become Correctional Officers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Correctional Officer, an upper-level role, pays $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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Detention Officers see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Detention Officers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,710

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Detention Officers, 25 percent higher than the national average. Detention Officers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+17 percent) and Houston (+9 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent.

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Key Stats for Detention Officer

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲23%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$35,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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