2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Correctional Officers guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
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- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Correctional Officers and Jailers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $32,830 to $37,950 per year or $16 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Correctional Officers and Jailers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$39||$81,940|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$30||$63,290|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$23||$47,410|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$18||$37,950|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$16||$32,830|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as a Correctional Officer and Jailer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Correctional Officers are in the states of CA, MA, RI, NJ and NY.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals||$62310||$29.96|
|Federal Executive Branch||$59390||$28.55|
|Facilities Support Services||$45480||$21.87|
|Other Residential Care Facilities||$38350||$18.44|