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Prison Warden Salary

The average salary for a Prison Warden is $71,834 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$48,519 - $121,498
MEDIAN: $71,834

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$48,519 - $121,498  
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$48,963 - $120,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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

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

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Experience Affects Prison Warden Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


17 %
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%