Correctional Officer Salary

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $36,149 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Safety Compliance and Transport.
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$27,390 - $63,836
$27K
$37K
$64K
MEDIAN: $36,821
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$11.16 - $24.06
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MEDIAN: $15.58
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$0$63K
Salary $27,390 - $63,836
Bonus $20.71 - $2,737
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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$26,130 - $60,317
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 892
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $11.16 - $24.06
Hourly Tips $3.21
Overtime $15.62 - $45.46
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $20.71 - $2,737
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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$26,130 - $60,317
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 667

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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Pay by Experience for a Correctional Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Correctional Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 939 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Correctional Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 375 salaries. An experienced Correctional Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 350 salaries. A Correctional Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 139 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,058

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Correctional Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Correctional Officer?

Correctional Officer in Peru:
"It's not worth it."
Pros: We only work half of the days of the year because we work long shifts.
Cons: You work with awful people all day, and it's not just the offenders.

Correctional Officer in Fort Lauderdale:
"Wonderful."
Pros: I get to take care of people society reject.
Cons: Going one place everyday and seeing the same faces.

Correctional Officer in Cleburne:
"Ugh...."
Pros: What I like most is the stability. It is job security because there will always be someone breaking the law. And it pays my bills...well somewhat pays them.
Cons: It is dark and depressing. There is no appreciation for anything you do. I was told I can move up in the company but employees that have been there less time then me are getting picked over me. Plus, they want me to treat people like they are dirt all because they are jail and I just cant do that.

Correctional Officer in Columbus:
"Always something new."
Pros: Doing my best to reach out and Help others.
Cons: Stress and micromanagement.

Correctional Officer in Wilsonville:
"Family, most staff are supportive."
Pros: People want you to succeed and pass. There is a family atmosphere at CCCF.
Cons: The lack of staff on the units. One officer to a unit of 108 inmates. Mandates.

Correctional Officer in Oshkosh:
"Okay."
Pros: The paid time off.
Cons: Politics. Forced overtime. Staff being portrayed as monsters by the media.

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Key Stats for Correctional Officer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

▲35%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$36,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
▲38%

Transport
▲10%


National Average
$36,000


People Management
▼3%

Military
▼7%

Security Risk Management
▼13%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%
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