Detention Officer Salary

Median pay for Detention Officers in the United States is around $16.37 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Detention Officers (68 percent) who took the survey are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Detention Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,716 - $56,901
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$36K
$57K
MEDIAN: $35,647
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$12.13 - $23.54
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MEDIAN: $16.60
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$0$56K
Salary $25,716 - $56,901
Bonus $700
Total Pay (?
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$25,789 - $53,044
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 136
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.13 - $23.54
Overtime $15.94 - $33.39
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $700
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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$25,789 - $53,044
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 211

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Job Description for Detention Officer

A detention officer is a person who is assigned to a prison, jail, or other detention facility. These facilities typically house convicted criminals or persons who are being held, prior to standing trial. The detention officer works to maintain order within the facility and to ensure that inmates are safely held and guarded, as directed by court sentences or criminal law procedures.

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Detention 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.

Common Career Paths for Detention Officer


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Detention Officers who transition into an upper level Correctional Officer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Correctional Officer makes $34K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detention Officer

Pay by Experience for a Detention Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Detention Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 194 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Detention Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Detention Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 67 salaries. A Detention Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,904

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

With a pay rate for Detention Officers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Detention Officers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+16 percent) and Dallas (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Key Stats for Detention Officer

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Detention Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲20%

▲13%

National Average
$36,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 13%
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