These Are The 10 States With The Highest Correction Officer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do correction officers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for correction officers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for correction officers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for correction officers after this adjustment? That would be Correctional Officers And Jailers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Illinois
  2. New Jersey
  3. Michigan
  4. Iowa
  5. California
  6. Washington
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Oregon
  10. New York

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for correction officers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $70020, so our index value would be:

$70,020 * (100 / 135.9) = $51,523

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for correction officers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Correction Officer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $65,602 $62,060 94.6
2 New Jersey $58,597 $71,430 121.9
3 Michigan $55,112 $49,050 89.0
4 Iowa $54,032 $49,170 91.0
5 California $51,523 $70,020 135.9
6 Washington $50,313 $52,930 105.2
7 Pennsylvania $49,684 $50,380 101.4
8 Massachusetts $49,602 $66,170 133.4
9 Oregon $49,264 $56,950 115.6
10 New York $48,282 $63,250 131.0
11 Alaska $46,887 $61,470 131.1
12 Wyoming $46,699 $42,870 91.8
13 Ohio $46,226 $43,360 93.8
14 Utah $45,204 $42,040 93.0
15 Texas $45,104 $40,910 90.7
16 Wisconsin $44,700 $43,270 96.8
17 Nebraska $43,722 $40,050 91.6
18 Florida $43,092 $42,360 98.3
19 Arizona $43,081 $42,220 98.0
20 Connecticut $42,709 $54,540 127.7
21 North Dakota $41,146 $40,900 99.4
22 Virginia $39,404 $39,720 100.8
23 Arkansas $38,576 $33,600 87.1
24 Kansas $38,398 $34,520 89.9
25 Idaho $38,360 $35,330 92.1
26 Alabama $38,114 $34,760 91.2
27 Oklahoma $38,060 $33,950 89.2
28 Kentucky $38,044 $34,430 90.5
29 New Hampshire $37,606 $44,000 117.0
30 Montana $37,509 $37,810 100.8
31 Maryland $37,490 $47,050 125.5
32 Indiana $37,106 $33,210 89.5
33 Louisiana $36,909 $34,990 94.8
34 North Carolina $36,538 $34,310 93.9
35 West Virginia $36,391 $33,990 93.4
36 Vermont $35,648 $43,170 121.1
37 Maine $35,559 $39,400 110.8
38 Tennessee $35,536 $31,770 89.4
39 South Dakota $35,313 $36,620 103.7
40 Georgia $34,671 $31,690 91.4
41 South Carolina $34,314 $34,040 99.2
42 New Mexico $34,207 $33,010 96.5
43 Hawaii $33,954 $57,010 167.9
44 Missouri $33,528 $30,310 90.4
45 Mississippi $31,734 $27,260 85.9