Parole Officer Salary

An average Parole Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40K annually. Compensation ranges from $31K on the lower end to $75K per year on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. More than half of Parole Officers (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,694 - $77,257
(Median)
$32K
$40K
$77K
MEDIAN: $40,306
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$12.72 - $30.01
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$13
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$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,694 - $77,257  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$31,332 - $75,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $30.01  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$31,332 - $75,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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. During the first five years of their careers, Parole Officers see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Parole Officers make a median salary of $47K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $64K.

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Experience Affects Parole Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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