The average Probation Officer in the United States earns approximately $40K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Probation Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Probation Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,488 - $66,366
$29K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,296
10%
50%
90%

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$12.83 - $27.69
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.23
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,488 - $66,366  
   
Bonus
$147.95 - $4,949  
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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$29,218 - $65,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 521
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.83 - $27.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09  
Overtime
$4.20 - $46.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$147.95 - $4,949  
   
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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$29,218 - $65,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172

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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 transition into an upper level Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist makes $37K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Probation Officer


Probation Officers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Maricopa County, where the average salary comes to $48K.

Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Survey results show that Probation Officers use a fair number of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Compliance. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,302

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 79 percent. Probation Officers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+74 percent), Pittsburgh (+37 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), and Phoenix (+24 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Probation Officer Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%


Case Management
0%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$40,000

Legal Compliance
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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