Probation Officer Salary

Pay for Probation Officers in the United States is very modest at just $39K per year. Earnings generally vary between $28K and $64K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up a slight majority of Probation Officers (55 percent) survey respondents. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$28,679 - $65,171

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$12.21 - $26.38

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,679 - $65,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$28,072 - $63,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 589
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$28,072 - $63,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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


Typical Probation Officers report a focused set of job 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 pay less than market rate include Legal Compliance. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Probation Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $35K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $56K.

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 44%


Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 6%

Filing Court Documents
up arrow 2%

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 99 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 6%
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