The majority of Senior Corrections Officers in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $69K per year, and the median is $42K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Senior Corrections Officers are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,798 - $72,224
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MEDIAN: $42,439
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National Salary Data (?
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$30,798 - $72,224  
   
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$30,231 - $69,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Overtime
$17.41 - $45.30  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$30,231 - $69,119  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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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Many Senior Corrections Officers transition into upper-level roles like Correctional Officer. However, Correctional Officers do report a slightly lower median income of $34K per year.

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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.


For Senior Corrections Officers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Senior Corrections Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $38K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $38K. On average, Senior Corrections Officers make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Senior Corrections Officers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $46K.

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 10%

Experienced
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National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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