Senior Corrections Officer Salary

Senior Corrections Officers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and around three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $42K annually, but may range from $30K to $76K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Corrections Officers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Senior Corrections Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,279 - $75,887
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$76K
MEDIAN: $41,643
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$12.83 - $31.91
(Median)
$13
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,279 - $75,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$29,993 - $75,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.83 - $31.91  
   
Overtime
$17.99 - $48.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$29,993 - $75,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $35K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $34K. Senior Corrections Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Senior Corrections Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $62K.

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Experience Affects Senior Corrections Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 9%
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