Probation Officer Salary

Probation Officers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Earnings sit near $28K on the lower side but can approach $63K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Probation Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Probation Officers (55 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,537 - $64,757
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,745
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90%

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$12.26 - $26.70
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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
$28,537 - $64,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,034  
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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$27,945 - $63,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 584
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $26.70  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $46.00  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,034  
   
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).
)
$27,945 - $63,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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Probation Officers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist. Median pay for Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialists is $37K.

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Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Survey results suggest that Probation Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, Filing Court Documents, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Legal Compliance. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Probation Officers. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $35K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $40K. Probation Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $56K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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%


Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 7%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 6%
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