Parole Officer Salary

The average Parole Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $40K per year. Earnings generally vary between $32K and $73K per year. Male Parole Officers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. Most Parole Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$31,826 - $75,040
(Median)
$32K
$40K
$75K
MEDIAN: $40,146
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90%

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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
$31,826 - $75,040  
   
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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$31,647 - $73,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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$31,647 - $73,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


For many Parole Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $37K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. Parole Officers see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $61K on average.

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Experience Affects Parole Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 8%
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