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Probation Officer Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Probation Officers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $27K, and the higher rates verge on $62K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, Probation Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,356 - $62,656
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$63K
MEDIAN: $38,114
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90%

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$12.02 - $25.51
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,356 - $62,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
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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$27,318 - $61,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $25.51  
   
Overtime
$9.83 - $50.00  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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).
)
$27,318 - $61,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Typical Probation Officers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, 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 Case Management. Case Management and Filing Court Documents are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

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


Probation Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $34K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $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 45%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 12%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%