Detention Officer Salary
|Salary||$23,329 - $52,953|
|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).)
|$24,185 - $50,438|
|Hourly Rate||$11.65 - $22.74|
|Overtime||$15.10 - $33.01|
|Total Pay (||$24,185 - $50,438|
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.Read More...
Most jails and detention centers have very strict systems and conduct policies in place for all activities. It is the job of the detention officer to ensure that these systems and operations are followed with strict adherence. Almost all aspects of inmate life may require oversight and supervision by detention officers, and this can especially include time away from cells, such as recreation activities, meal times, studies, therapy, or other daily interactions and events that those housed in the prison are engaged in.
Most detention officers will be required to hold at least some form of law enforcement certification. Many employees in this area seek out degrees specific to this career path in vocational schools or community colleges. Detention officers must possess acceptable levels of physical fitness and be well-trained in self-defense, weapon use, and crowd control. Because of the round-the-clock aspect of prisoner detainment, detention officers typically are assigned to shifts that may include daytime, evening, or overnight work requirements.
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.
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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
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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