Correction Officers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as correction officers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since correction officers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where correction officers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for correction officers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s correction officers:
So there you have it — Correctional Officers And Jailers is the best of the best when it comes to being a correction officer.
How did Correctional Officers And Jailers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for correction officers and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for correction officers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well correction officers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for correction officers in California is $70,020 and the average salary in Illinois is $62,060, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for correction officers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for correction officers.
Total Jobs: 14,290
Average Annual Salary: $62,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,920
Average Experienced Salary: $80,740
Location Quotient: 0.79
Total Jobs: 10,180
Average Annual Salary: $71,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,960
Average Experienced Salary: $95,330
Location Quotient: 0.84
Total Jobs: 890
Average Annual Salary: $42,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,480
Average Experienced Salary: $57,030
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 9,850
Average Annual Salary: $49,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,320
Average Experienced Salary: $56,910
Location Quotient: 0.76
Total Jobs: 17,020
Average Annual Salary: $50,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,680
Average Experienced Salary: $68,860
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 1,240
Average Annual Salary: $61,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,960
Average Experienced Salary: $77,620
Location Quotient: 1.24
Total Jobs: 34,460
Average Annual Salary: $63,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,060
Average Experienced Salary: $80,130
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 49,720
Average Annual Salary: $40,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,430
Average Experienced Salary: $50,640
Location Quotient: 1.38
Total Jobs: 6,070
Average Annual Salary: $52,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,550
Average Experienced Salary: $73,640
Location Quotient: 0.64
Total Jobs: 32,930
Average Annual Salary: $42,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,730
Average Experienced Salary: $62,950
Location Quotient: 1.3
If you’re looking to start out your career as a correction officer these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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