Parole Officers in the United States take home an average $42K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women Parole Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of Parole Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction.

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MEDIAN: $42,294
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$12.82 - $31.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,695 - $78,955  
   
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$31,532 - $76,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $31.43  
   
Overtime
$38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$31,532 - $76,596  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $40K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $40K. Parole Officers bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $62K.

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Experience Affects Parole Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Parole Officer Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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