Average Corrections Officer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Corrections Officer is $17.10.
MEDIAN $17.10
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Hourly Rate
$13 - $27
$296 - $5,068
Profit Sharing
$0 - $1,500
Total Pay
$28,300 - $62,319

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Job Description for Corrections Officer

Corrections 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.
The top respondents for the job title Corrections Officer are from the companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Missouri Department of Corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons. Reported salaries are highest at Pa. Dept. of Corrections where the average pay is $33.26. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Federal Bureau of Prisons and State of Michigan (MI), earning around $28.50 and $24.19, respectively. Missouri Department of Corrections pays the lowest at around $14.38. Florida Department of Corrections and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.03 and $16.24, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Corrections Officer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Corrections Officer

An entry-level Corrections Officer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.19 based on 408 salaries. An early career Corrections Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.23 based on 741 salaries. A mid-career Corrections Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.14 based on 371 salaries. An experienced Corrections Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.87 based on 384 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $23.
Employees with Corrections Officer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 46.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cleveland, Ohio (22.5% more) and Buffalo, New York (14.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Florida, Florida (0.2% less).

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