Parole Officer Salary

The average Parole Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $40K annually. Compensation ranges between $31K and $74K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Male Parole Officers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,354 - $75,736
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$76K
MEDIAN: $40,097
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$12.48 - $29.32
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,354 - $75,736  
   
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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$31,168 - $73,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $29.32  
   
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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$31,168 - $73,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Parole Officer

When an incarcerated individual is released from prison while the time limit of his/her original sentence still remains (typically for good behavior or other extenuating circumstances), that prisoner is said to be on parole. A parole officer is a specialized worker in the criminal justice system who helps these paroled persons to get re-acquainted with life outside the penal system. They help place these persons in temporary housing and work with them regarding job training and placement while closely monitoring their behavior and social acquaintances.

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $37K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. Parole Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Parole Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $62K.

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Experience Affects Parole Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 7%
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