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Detention Officer Salary

Detention Officers in the United States can expect wages of $16.23 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $11.73 per hour and $22.42. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Detention Officers are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Detention Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,810 - $47,947
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,193
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90%

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$11.73 - $22.42
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
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
$22,810 - $47,947  
   
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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$24,300 - $48,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $22.42  
   
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).
)
$24,300 - $48,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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.

Common Career Paths for Detention Officer


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Many Detention Officers move into a Correctional Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Correctional Officers on average bring in a similar salary to Detention Officers.

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $32K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $36K. Detention Officers see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $49K.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

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
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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