What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Probation Officer Salary

Probation Officers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Compensation ranges between $28K and $63K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Probation Officers (54 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,313 - $64,969
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,616
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$12.18 - $26.89
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,313 - $64,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,027  
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).
)
$27,684 - $63,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $26.89  
   
Overtime
$9.90 - $49.32  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,027  
   
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).
)
$27,684 - $63,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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


Probation Officers who go on to become Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist, an upper-level role, pays $37K.

Probation Officer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Survey takers who work as 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, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Case Management and Filing Court Documents are also commonly seen together.

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. 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 $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $56K 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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Probation Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 16%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%


National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 7%
ADVERTISEMENT