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Detention Officer Salary

The average rate for a Detention Officer is $16.19 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$22,839 - $47,894
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,157
10%
50%
90%

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$11.72 - $22.76
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
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
$22,839 - $47,894  
   
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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$24,289 - $49,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $22.76  
   
Overtime
$16.84 - $36.00  
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$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).
)
$24,289 - $49,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

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

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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