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Probation Officer Salary

Probation Officers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $28K, and the higher rates verge on $64K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Probation Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,395 - $64,922
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,713
10%
50%
90%

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$12.10 - $26.19
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,395 - $64,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
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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$27,620 - $63,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 515
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.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $26.19  
   
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 - $2,891  
   
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).
)
$27,620 - $63,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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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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, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in Filing Court Documents as well.

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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $35K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $39K. For Probation Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Probation Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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 43%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 15%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 2%

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
11%
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: 59% employee benefits None: 7%