Detention Officer Salary
|Salary||$25,716 - $56,901|
|Total Pay (||$25,789 - $53,044|
|Hourly Rate||$12.13 - $23.54|
|Overtime||$15.94 - $33.39|
|Total Pay (||$25,789 - $53,044|
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.Read More...
Most jails and detention centers have very strict systems and conduct policies in place for all activities. It is the job of the detention officer to ensure that these systems and operations are followed with strict adherence. Almost all aspects of inmate life may require oversight and supervision by detention officers, and this can especially include time away from cells, such as recreation activities, meal times, studies, therapy, or other daily interactions and events that those housed in the prison are engaged in.
Most detention officers will be required to hold at least some form of law enforcement certification. Many employees in this area seek out degrees specific to this career path in vocational schools or community colleges. Detention officers must possess acceptable levels of physical fitness and be well-trained in self-defense, weapon use, and crowd control. Because of the round-the-clock aspect of prisoner detainment, detention officers typically are assigned to shifts that may include daytime, evening, or overnight work requirements. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
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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
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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