The average salary for a Prison Warden is $80,784 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$54,295 - $120,720
MEDIAN: $80,784

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$54,295 - $120,720  
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$52,960 - $126,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Prison Warden

Prison wardens are typically the top correctional officers within prisons. They are often regarded as administrative officials within their organizations, and while the position generally offers a set schedule, it should be noted that many work extended hours, including overnight, weekend, and holiday shifts.


Prison Warden Tasks

  • Supervise prison operations including public safety, public fund management, and allocation of prison space.
  • Hire and manage guards, janitors, cooks and other prison personnel.
  • Respond to violence.
  • Provide basic needs, health care, education, psychiatric care, entertainment, and rehabilitation opportunities to prisoners.

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What is it like working as a Prison Warden?

Prison Warden in Kansas City:
"Custody, care, safety and security is the mission."
Pros: 1. People focused. 2. Fast pace, never one day is the same. 3. Stable and secure. 4. Public servant. 5. Extremely separate skill set from other jobs. Experience counts.
Cons: 1. Stress. 2. Constant communication. 3. Job is never done.

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Experience Affects Prison Warden Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

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Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
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Vision: 77%
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