Probation Officer Salary

An average Probation Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Probation Officers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Probation Officers.

$29,562 - $65,992
$30K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,265
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50%
90%

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$12.95 - $28.53
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.34
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,562 - $65,992  
   
Bonus
$146.81 - $5,106  
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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$29,342 - $65,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 504
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $28.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09  
Overtime
$6.10 - $46.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$146.81 - $5,106  
   
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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$29,342 - $65,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 174

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Job Description for Probation Officer

Probation officers are key members of the criminal justice system who help criminal offenders to avoid further misdeeds. They also help to maintain public safety and ensure that individuals who pose a danger to others are kept within the prison system. They work with both the courts and sentencing judges, as well as standard law enforcement officers and the accused or convicted suspects.

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Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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Probation Officers who go on to become Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist, an upper-level role, pays $37K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Probation Officer


Maricopa County attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $48K.

Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Survey takers who work as Probation Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Filing Court Documents, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Compliance. Most people who know Case Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

Pay by Experience for a Probation Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Probation Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 384 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Probation Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Probation Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 177 salaries. A Probation Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 78 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,382

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Probation Officers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Probation Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+36 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), Phoenix (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+16 percent). Probation Officers in St. Louis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (13 percent lower) and Raleigh (8 percent lower).

Probation Officer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Probation Officer

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Probation Officer Salaries

▲46%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲8%


Case Management
▼0%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Legal Compliance
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 10%