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Probation Officer Salary

Probation Officers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Earnings sit near $28K on the lower side but can approach $63K per year on the higher side. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Probation Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Probation Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,293 - $64,105
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$64K
MEDIAN: $38,616
10%
50%
90%

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$12.15 - $26.45
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,293 - $64,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
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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$27,633 - $62,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 532
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $26.45  
   
Overtime
$9.90 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
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).
)
$27,633 - $62,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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For Probation Officers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Probation Officers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist.

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Probation Officers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, Filing Court Documents, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Many workers who know Case Management also know Filing Court Documents.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Probation Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $35K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $39K. On average, Probation Officers make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $55K on average.

Probation Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Probation Officer?

Probation Officer in Norfolk:
"Good."
Pros: The ability to change the life of a potentially productive citizen. I get to refer to the law and talk to the people.
Cons: The dangerous risks abound the ex-criminals.

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Experience Affects Probation Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 15%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 7%
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