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Parole Officer Salary

An average Parole Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $31K and $72K per year. More than half of Parole Officers (68 percent) survey respondents are men. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Parole Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,572 - $74,039
(Median)
$32K
$40K
$74K
MEDIAN: $40,071
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50%
90%

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$12.48 - $29.32
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,572 - $74,039  
   
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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$31,378 - $71,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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$31,378 - $71,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Parole Officers. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $37K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. Parole Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $62K.

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Experience Affects Parole Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 9%
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