Senior Corrections Officer Salary

Over one-half of Senior Corrections Officers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $30K to $76K per year, and the average comes out to $44K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Corrections Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,564 - $78,215
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$78K
MEDIAN: $43,813
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$13.02 - $30.20
(Median)
$13
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,564 - $78,215  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
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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$30,052 - $75,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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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$30,052 - $75,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Senior Corrections Officer

  • Respond to incidents and complete required paperwork afterward.
  • Supervise head counts and safety of inmates and guards.
  • Supervise correctional officers during shifts, providing training and mentoring.
  • Document activities, head counts, and other information.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Corrections Officer

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $36K. Senior Corrections Officers bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Corrections Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $59K.

Senior Corrections Officer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Corrections Officer in Fort Worth:
"Continuing training & schooling."
Be to work on time and stay as late as you are needed. Tutor new hires and help them to learn the trade and how to work safely. Answer any and all questions when asked for help.

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Experience Affects Senior Corrections Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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