Probation Officer Salary

Probation Officers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $28K and $63K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Probation Officers. Women make up a slight majority of Probation Officers (54 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$28,495 - $65,065
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,770
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50%
90%

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$12.26 - $26.70
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,495 - $65,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,034  
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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$27,836 - $63,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 572
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $26.70  
   
Overtime
$9.97 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,034  
   
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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$27,836 - $63,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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Many Probation Officers move into a Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialists on average bring in a similar salary to Probation Officers.

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Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Probation Officers typically list a handful of skills they use 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, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $35K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $40K. Probation Officers see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $55K.

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 42%


Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 6%
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