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 $39K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $28K and $65K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women Probation Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Probation Officers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$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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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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).
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$28,386 - $64,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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.

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Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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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.

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Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Probation Officers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, Filing Court Documents, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Legal Compliance. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know Counseling.

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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $35K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $40K. Probation Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $57K.

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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