Detention Officer Salary

A Detention Officer earns an average wage of $16.47 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
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$23,310 - $54,429
$23K
$34K
$54K
MEDIAN: $34,357
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50%
90%

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$11.81 - $23.10
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.47
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,310 - $54,429  
   
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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$24,537 - $50,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $23.10  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $32.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$24,537 - $50,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

Pay by Experience for a Detention Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Detention Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 194 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Detention Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Detention Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 67 salaries. A Detention Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,933

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Key Stats for Detention Officer

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Experienced
▲24%

Late-Career
▲24%

▲16%

National Average
$35,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 15%