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Parole Officer Salary

Earnings for Parole Officers in the United States come in at around $40K per year on average. Pay ranges from $31K on the low end to $73K per year on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Parole Officers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. The majority of Parole Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$31,349 - $75,436
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$75K
MEDIAN: $39,808
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$13.18 - $28.87
(Median)
$13
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$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,349 - $75,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$31,377 - $72,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $28.87  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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).
)
$31,377 - $72,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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.


Parole Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Parole Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $37K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $43K. On average, Parole Officers make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $62K.

Parole Officer Advice

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

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 53%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%