The average rate for an Entry-Level Detention Officer is $14.83 per hour.

$22,247 - $41,071
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$41K
MEDIAN: $31,840
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90%

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$11.08 - $19.37
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,247 - $41,071  
   
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).
)
$23,114 - $41,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.08 - $19.37  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $30.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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).
)
$23,114 - $41,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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Detention Officer Advice

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.

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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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