Entry-Level Detention Officer Salary

The average rate for an Entry-Level Detention Officer is $14.96 per hour.

$21,957 - $41,670
$22K
$32K
$42K
MEDIAN: $32,031
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$11.27 - $19.28
$11
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$19
MEDIAN: $14.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,957 - $41,670  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$23,207 - $41,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $19.28  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $29.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$23,207 - $41,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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Detention Officer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Detention Officer in Houston:
"How to interact with the criminal insane."
Don't ever think you have absolute power when dealing with inmates. You need to be firm, but fair. Also, never allow yourself to be manipulated, and never discuss your personal life with any inmate in your care.

Key Stats for Detention Officer

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
8%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 21%