The 10 States With The Highest Correction Officer Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Nevada
  3. Michigan
  4. New Jersey
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Iowa
  7. California
  8. Washington
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Minnesota

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for correction officers from the 2018 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 $75400, so our index value would be:

$75,400 * (100 / 135.9) = $55,481

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 $66,004 $62,440 94.6
2 Nevada $60,154 $62,140 103.3
3 Michigan $58,303 $51,890 89.0
4 New Jersey $57,653 $70,280 121.9
5 Rhode Island $56,926 $68,710 120.7
6 Iowa $55,769 $50,750 91.0
7 California $55,481 $75,400 135.9
8 Washington $54,885 $57,740 105.2
9 Pennsylvania $53,392 $54,140 101.4
10 Minnesota $51,250 $51,660 100.8
11 Massachusetts $50,914 $67,920 133.4
12 Oregon $50,562 $58,450 115.6
13 Utah $49,623 $46,150 93.0
14 Alaska $49,328 $64,670 131.1
15 New York $49,229 $64,490 131.0
16 Colorado $48,766 $50,620 103.8
17 Ohio $48,176 $45,190 93.8
18 Wyoming $46,067 $42,290 91.8
19 Wisconsin $45,692 $44,230 96.8
20 Arizona $45,051 $44,150 98.0
21 North Dakota $44,969 $44,700 99.4
22 Florida $44,160 $43,410 98.3
23 Nebraska $44,006 $40,310 91.6
24 Idaho $43,116 $39,710 92.1
25 Connecticut $42,615 $54,420 127.7
26 Virginia $41,527 $41,860 100.8
27 Indiana $41,296 $36,960 89.5
28 North Carolina $41,001 $38,500 93.9
29 New Hampshire $40,905 $47,860 117.0
30 Kansas $40,656 $36,550 89.9
31 Alabama $40,307 $36,760 91.2
32 Montana $40,248 $40,570 100.8
33 Kentucky $39,712 $35,940 90.5
34 Tennessee $39,675 $35,470 89.4
35 West Virginia $39,571 $36,960 93.4
36 Maryland $39,219 $49,220 125.5
37 Arkansas $39,173 $34,120 87.1
38 South Dakota $37,907 $39,310 103.7
39 South Carolina $37,862 $37,560 99.2
40 Vermont $37,828 $45,810 121.1
41 New Mexico $37,564 $36,250 96.5
42 Georgia $37,516 $34,290 91.4
43 Oklahoma $37,062 $33,060 89.2
44 Maine $36,498 $40,440 110.8
45 Louisiana $36,255 $34,370 94.8
46 Mississippi $35,902 $30,840 85.9
47 Hawaii $35,151 $59,020 167.9
48 Missouri $35,011 $31,650 90.4
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