Probation Officer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Probation Officers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Pay ranges from $28K on the low end to $65K per year on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Probation Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Probation Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$28,856 - $66,461
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$66K
MEDIAN: $39,041
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90%

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$12.51 - $27.30
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,856 - $66,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$28,386 - $64,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $27.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09  
Overtime
$7.80 - $49.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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).
)
$28,386 - $64,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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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Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Probation Officers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, Filing Court Documents, and Case Management 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

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


Probation Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $35K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $40K. Probation Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $57K, 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




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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