Senior Corrections Officer Salary

The majority of Senior Corrections Officers in the United States — nearly three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $69K per year, and the median is $43K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Corrections Officers. Male Senior Corrections Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,896 - $71,771
$31K
$43K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,490
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$12.48 - $29.90
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MEDIAN: $17.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,896 - $71,771  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,331 - $69,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $29.90  
   
Overtime
$17.41 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$30,331 - $69,109  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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Job Description for Senior Corrections Officer

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

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Senior Corrections Officers' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Correctional Officer. The typical income for a Correctional Officer is $35K.

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Corrections Officers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $38K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $40K. For Senior Corrections Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Corrections Officer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

Senior Corrections Officer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Corrections Officer?

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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Key Stats for Senior Corrections Officer

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Senior Corrections Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲2%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼9%

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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