Parole Officer Salary

Median pay for Parole Officers in the United States is around $40K per year. Compensation ranges between $32K and $73K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Parole Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Parole Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$31,544 - $75,355
(Median)
$32K
$40K
$75K
MEDIAN: $39,887
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50%
90%

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$13.40 - $28.69
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,544 - $75,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$31,613 - $73,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $28.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$31,613 - $73,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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Job Description for Parole Officer

Parole officers oversee and monitor individuals who have recently been released from prison. A felon who has been released from prison must follow rules and regulations mandated by the state, court and parole board. Parole officers must keep track of parolees and help keep them in line. They also learn the life and criminal history of the person they oversee. They make planned and surprise visits to the home of past offenders to make sure they are following the conditions of their parole. Parole officers can also use GPS tracking to ensure the parolee doesn't visit locations they are supposed to avoid.

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Parole Officer Tasks

  • Complete investigations with cooperation from other criminal justices agencies.
  • Make placement recommendations concerning offenders sentenced to the Department of Corrections.
  • Conduct pre-sentence investigations.
  • Makes recommendations for rehabilitation, treatment plans, conditions of probation, the need for incarceration, and appropriate level.

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Pay by Experience Level for Parole Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Parole Officers. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $37K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. Parole Officers see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $62K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Parole Officer in Houston:
"Prepare to Leap before you Look/engage in projects not plan."
Organize, organize, organize... Must have and demonstrate good organizing skills, plan your activities well and prepare for constant scheduling changes with little reaction/response time. Prepare to Leap before you Look/engage in projects that are not well planned or thought out.

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Experience Affects Parole Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%