Probation Officer Salary

Median pay for Probation Officers in the United States is around $40K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for Probation Officers is high. Women Probation Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,601 - $66,716
$30K
$40K
$67K
MEDIAN: $40,329
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.00 - $28.16
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.17
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,601 - $66,716  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $5,152  
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).
)
$29,340 - $65,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 526
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $28.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09  
Overtime
$6.33 - $45.30  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$145.44 - $5,152  
   
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).
)
$29,340 - $65,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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.

Probation Officer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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


Probation Officers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Most people familiar with 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: $40,326

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

With a pay rate for Probation Officers that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Probation Officers will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+36 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), Phoenix (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Probation Officers is geography, with workers in St. Louis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. 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.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Probation Officer

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Probation Officer Salaries

▲46%

▲13%

▲4%

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 74 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

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: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 10%
ADVERTISEMENT