Probation Officer Salary

Median pay for Probation Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $41K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Male Probation Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,813 - $67,618
$30K
$41K
$68K
MEDIAN: $41,282
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50%
90%

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$13.16 - $28.16
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.03
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$0$67K
Salary $29,813 - $67,618
Bonus $51.52 - $6,787
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$29,403 - $65,820
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 506
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $13.16 - $28.16
Hourly Tips $0.09
Overtime $2.30 - $43.73
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $51.52 - $6,787
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$29,403 - $65,820
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 195

Job Description for Probation Officer

Probation officers are key members of the criminal justice system who help criminal offenders to avoid further misdeeds. They also help to maintain public safety and ensure that individuals who pose a danger to others are kept within the prison system. They work with both the courts and sentencing judges, as well as standard law enforcement officers and the accused or convicted suspects.

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Common Career Paths for Probation Officer


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Probation Officers who transition into an upper level Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist makes $37K a year.

Probation Officer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Probation Officer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Maricopa County offers the most; Probation Officers earn $48K on average there.

Popular Skills for Probation Officer


Probation Officers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Filing Court Documents, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Compliance. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Probation Officer

Pay by Experience for a Probation Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Probation Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 384 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Probation Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Probation Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 177 salaries. A Probation Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 78 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,911

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

For those looking to make money, Probation Officers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Probation Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+35 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). Probation Officers in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Raleigh (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Probation Officer Reviews

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

Probation Officer in Mc Minnville:
"Probation."
Pros: Working with people.
Cons: Lack of change.

Probation Officer in Tampa:
"So much potential..."
Pros: Flexibility, training opportunities, tuition waiver.
Cons: Poor pay, little room for advancement, bad administrative culture.

Probation Officer in Norfolk:
"Good."
Pros: The ability to change the life of a potentially productive citizen. I get to refer to the law and talk to the people.
Cons: The dangerous risks abound the ex-criminals.

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Key Stats for Probation Officer

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Probation Officer Salaries

▲44%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Probation Officer Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲6%


National Average
$41,000

Case Management
▼1%

Counseling
▼2%

Legal Compliance
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%