The median pay for Probation Officers comes out to approximately $40K per year in the United States, but employers in Los Angeles offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $74K. Probation Officers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+74 percent), Pittsburgh (+37 percent), New York (+32 percent), and Phoenix (+25 percent).

$29,132 - $65,453
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,166
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$12.89 - $30.32
(Median)
$13
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$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,132 - $65,453  
   
Bonus
$146.81 - $4,966  
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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$29,075 - $65,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.89 - $30.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09  
Overtime
$6.47 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$146.81 - $4,966  
   
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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$29,075 - $65,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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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For Probation Officers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Probation Officers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Probation Officer


Maricopa County offers the largest salaries in town — $48K on average.

Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Survey takers who work as Probation Officers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Filing Court Documents, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Compliance. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Probation Officers. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $37K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Probation Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,278

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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
$40,000


Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Case Management
0%

Filing Court Documents
0%

National Average
$40,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Legal Compliance
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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