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Senior Corrections Officer Salary (United States)

With slightly less than two-thirds of Senior Corrections Officers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $30K to $73K per year and averages out to $40K annually. Male Senior Corrections Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Senior Corrections Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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Senior Corrections Officer Salary (?
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$29,193 - $74,002
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,744
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Senior Corrections Officer Salary (?
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$13.90 - $31.53
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,193 - $74,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$29,527 - $73,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $31.53  
   
Overtime
$18.42 - $48.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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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$29,527 - $73,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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.
The average inexperienced worker earns $35K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $34K. Senior Corrections Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $59K.
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Experience Affects Senior Corrections Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 22%
Mid-Career
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 11%