Average Correctional Officer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Correctional Officer is $16.11.
MEDIAN $16.11
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $24
$196 - $11,920
Profit Sharing
$0 - $5,000
Total Pay
$27,688 - $61,881

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Job Description for Correctional Officer

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

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Correctional Officer are from the companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Florida Department of Corrections and The GEO Group, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Federal Bureau of Prisons where the average pay is $20.59. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Arizona Department of Corrections and Indiana Department of Corrections, earning around $17.68 and $15.61, respectively. Tennessee Department of Corrections pays the lowest at around $13.31. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and The GEO Group, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $13.88 and $14.63, respectively.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Correctional Officer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

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 $14.79 based on 194 salaries. An early career Correctional Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.45 based on 1,134 salaries. A mid-career Correctional Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.96 based on 467 salaries. An experienced Correctional Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.86 based on 534 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Correctional Officer in their job title in Baltimore, Maryland earn an average of 24.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Orlando, Florida (17.7% more) and Miami, Florida (11.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (3.8% less) and Raleigh, North Carolina (3.6% less).

Years of Experience

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