Senior Corrections Officer Salary

Slightly more than half of Senior Corrections Officers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $30K to $76K per year, but median earnings come to around $44K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Corrections Officers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. 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. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $37K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $36K. On average, Senior Corrections Officers make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $59K.

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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
up arrow 20%

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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