How Much Do Correctional Officers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

Stan T.Career, SalaryLeave a Comment

2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Correctional Officers

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.

Becoming One
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth


Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$52340 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$32,830 to $37,950 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $18 per hour

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.

Featured Schools

Salary rank

Salary rank

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.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
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

State Hourly Annual
CA $39 $81,100
MA $35 $72,360
RI $35 $72,110
NJ $35 $71,810
NY $33 $69,490
AK $32 $66,970
OR $31 $65,400
NV $31 $65,170
HI $30 $62,190
WA $30 $61,610

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
State Government $53400 $25.67
Local Government $51200 $24.62
Facilities Support Services $45480 $21.87
Other Residential Care Facilities $38350 $18.44

Explore Other Careers

Don’t know which career to pursue?

Take the career quiz to find careers that match your personality type. Take The Career Quiz

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.