$37,193
Avg. Salary
$15.89
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,007

Bonus

$3,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Correctional Officer is $15.89 per hour.

The average pay for a Correctional Officer is $37,193 per year.

$11.49
10%
$15.89
50%
$23.45
90%
MEDIAN $15.89
$27k
10%
$37k
50%
$65k
90%
MEDIAN $37,193
$27,169 - $65,182
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MEDIAN: $37,193
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$11.49 - $23.45
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$0$65K
Salary $27,169 - $65,182
Bonus $110 - $9,500
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$26,108 - $60,786
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,553
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $11.49 - $23.45
Hourly Tips $3.21
Overtime $15.98 - $44.64
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $110 - $9,500
Profit Sharing $3,500
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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$26,108 - $60,786
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,245

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Correctional Officer


Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Texas Department of Criminal Justice, The GEO Group, Inc., Dept. of Corrections, and Federal Bureau of Prisons are top-notch employers for Correctional Officers in this area. For Correctional Officers, comfortable salaries can be found at NYSDocs; in fact, median earnings sit around $59K, the highest in the area. Federal Bureau of Prisons, Oregon Department of Corrections, and The GEO Group, Inc. also offer top salaries for Correctional Officers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $52K, $47K, and $37K, respectively.

Indiana Department of Corrections, Idaho Department of Corrections and Florida Department of Corrections are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $32K.

Common Career Paths for Correctional Officer


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Correctional Officers who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Registered Nurses on average earn $56K per year. A Security Officer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Correctional Officers. Paychecks for that role are $25K on average. The Manager of Correctional Officers position is another common transition for Correctional Officers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $45K mark.

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Popular Skills for Correctional Officer


Survey results suggest that Correctional Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance and Transport are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Writing Procedures & Documentation, Security Risk Management, and Military. Aptitude in Oral / Verbal Communication tends to also indicate an understanding of Security Policies and Procedures.

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

25%

-4%

-15%

National Average: $36,138

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

For Correctional Officers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 75 percent greater than the national average. Correctional Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+48 percent), New York (+26 percent), Salem (+12 percent), and Baltimore (+12 percent). In Raleigh, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Lawton and Florida are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Correctional Officer Reviews

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

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.

Correctional Officer in Torrington:
"The department to value their staff and recogntion."
It is a tuff business. Communication has always been and always will be the biggest downfall working security. Learn patients and self-motivate each day because knowone else will lead you in that direction. Educate yourself beyond what the department will offer you. Be prepared for many let downs and especially for promotions and pay advancement. Know that your friends are not the clientel you deal with each day and value the time you have with those you love (family). Yes, other correctional staff are similiar to family and we should all come together to get what needs to done safely so that we all can go home to our real family.

Correctional Officer in Annapolis Junction:
"It's good work."
Pros: You get to see life well outside of normal social values.
Cons: The multitude of lost souls and tormented people.

Correctional Officer in Milton:
"Integrity."
The first thing and most important advice I can share with new Correctional officers is for them to never lose their integrity. To always try to show respect to those around and be careful to not be so quick to judge, but learn to listen and give the best advice or show those in need of direction the best path to take to achieve their goals.

Correctional Officer in Kingston:
"Salary and promotion."
It's a great job.

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Key Stats for Correctional Officer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 372 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

▲35%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$36,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
▲37%

Transport
▲10%


National Average
$36,000


People Management
▼3%

Military
▼7%

Security Risk Management
▼14%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 372 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%