Detention Officer Salary (United States)

Detention Officers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $16.05 per hour. The top of the range reaches $23.31, and the bottom approaches $11.45 per hour. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Detention Officers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Detention Officer Salary (?
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$22,418 - $47,290
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MEDIAN: $32,349
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Detention Officer Salary (?
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$11.45 - $23.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,418 - $47,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$23,603 - $48,791  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $23.31  
   
Overtime
$15.07 - $33.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$23,603 - $48,791  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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Job Description for Detention Officer

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Detention Officer

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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Detention Officers. Typically, those who move into a Correctional Officer role will bring in a similar salary to their current position.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Detention Officers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $33K—can reach $36K. Compensation is $41K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Detention Officers tend to earn $51K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Phoenix
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Charlotte
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National Average
$34,000
Atlanta
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For Detention Officers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Detention Officers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+12 percent) and Charlotte (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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