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Corrections Officer Salary

$43,952 (USD)

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Last updated: May 19, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Corrections Officer is $43,952 a year and $21 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Corrections Officer is between $32,730 and $53,299. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Corrections Officer. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Guards inmates in penal institution in accordance with established policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes.
  • Inspects locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates for tampering.
  • Searches inmates and cells for contraband articles.
  • Guards and directs inmates during work assignments.
  • Patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infraction of rules, and unsatisfactory attitude or adjustment of prisoners.
  • Reports observations to superior.
  • Employs weapons or force to maintain discipline and order among prisoners, if necessary.
  • May escort inmates to and from visiting room, medical office, and religious services.
  • May guard entrance of jail to screen visitors.
  • May prepare written report concerning incidences of inmate disturbances or injuries.
  • May be designated according to institution as correction officer, city or county jail; correction officer, penitentiary; correction officer, reformatory.
  • May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point, traveling by automobile or public transportation and be designated guard, deputy.
Corrections Officer Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Correctional Officers and Jailers

Job family population: 428,870

Estimated population of Corrections Officer jobs: 83,475

Rate of error: 0.5%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Corrections Officer Job Listings for United States

Corrections Officer Trainee (SCI Albion)
May 16
Albion, PA, USA
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Corrections Officer Trainee (SCI Albion) Print Apply Corrections Officer Trainee (SCI Albion) Salary $38,661.00 Annually Location Erie County, PA Job Type Civil Service Permanent Full-Time Department ...
Corrections Officer II
May 9
Atlanta, GA, USA
Clayton County Board of Commissioners
High school diploma or GED; supplemented by one (1) year of experience as a Corrections Officer I; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite ...
Correctional Officer I/II
May 17
Placerville, United States
The County of El Dorado, California
Incumbents receive training in a corrections officer academy rather than a basic law enforcement academy. Examples of Essential Functions Processes incoming inmates, fingerprints at intake, releases ...
Supervisory Correctional Officer (Lieutenant)
May 14
Loretto, PA, USA
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Supervisory Correctional Officer (Lieutenant) ===== ##### Department of Justice Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Overview ----- - ##### Open & closing dates 05/08/2019 to 05/30/2019 ...
Supervisory Correctional Officer (Captain - Complex)
May 4
Terre Haute, IN, USA
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Supervisory Correctional Officer (Captain - Complex) ===== ##### Department of Justice Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Overview ----- - ##### Open & closing dates 04/29/2019 to 05/20 ...
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