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Average Correctional Officer Hourly Pay

$16.93
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,232
Bonus
$5,000
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The average hourly pay for a Correctional Officer is $16.93.
10%
$12.70
MEDIAN
$16.93
90%
$25.53
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $26
Bonus
$215 - $11,920
Profit Sharing
$0 - $5,000
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$28,799 - $63,503
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What Do Correctional Officers Do?

Correctional Officer Tasks
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.

Job Satisfaction for Correctional Officer

3.5 out of 5
(333)
Highly Satisfied
40Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Correctional Officer are from the companies Florida Department of Corrections, The GEO Group, Inc. and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Reported salaries are highest at California Department of Corrections where the average pay is $27.50. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Federal Bureau of Prisons and Arizona Department of Corrections, earning around $20.59 and $18.59, respectively. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) pays the lowest at around $14.19. Tennessee Department of Corrections and Florida Department of Corrections also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.24 and $15.17, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Correctional Officers?

Skills in Security Policies and Procedures, Oral / Verbal Communication, Emergency Response, Security Risk Management and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officers?

An entry-level Correctional Officer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.51 based on 155 salaries. An early career Correctional Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.19 based on 866 salaries. A mid-career Correctional Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.63 based on 352 salaries. An experienced Correctional Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.28 based on 416 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Employees with Correctional Officer in their job title in Baltimore, Maryland earn an average of 20.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Miami, Florida (18.1% more) and Orlando, Florida (11.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbia, South Carolina (17.0% less) and Raleigh, North Carolina (2.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,975 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.8%
Early Career
43.8%
Mid Career
17.8%
Experienced
21.1%
Late Career
9.4%