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Detention Officer Salary

Detention Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.08 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.93 per hour on the lower end to $22.40 on the higher end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. More than half of Detention Officers (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$22,704 - $48,162
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MEDIAN: $32,787
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$11.93 - $22.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,704 - $48,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$24,649 - $48,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $22.40  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $35.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$24,649 - $48,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
United States (change)

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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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.


For many Detention Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $32K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%

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 49 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%