The 10 States With The Highest Probation Officer Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 4 days 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 probation 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 probation 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 probation 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 probation officers after this adjustment? That would be Probation Officers And Correctional Treatment Specialists.

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

  1. Iowa
  2. Illinois
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Michigan
  5. Minnesota
  6. California
  7. New Jersey
  8. Nevada
  9. Washington
  10. Colorado

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 probation 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 $89240, so our index value would be:

$89,240 * (100 / 135.9) = $65,665

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

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

Detailed List Of Probation Officer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Iowa $77,318 $70,360 91.0
2 Illinois $71,786 $67,910 94.6
3 Rhode Island $68,815 $83,060 120.7
4 Michigan $67,966 $60,490 89.0
5 Minnesota $66,468 $67,000 100.8
6 California $65,665 $89,240 135.9
7 New Jersey $60,549 $73,810 121.9
8 Nevada $59,380 $61,340 103.3
9 Washington $59,192 $62,270 105.2
10 Colorado $57,947 $60,150 103.8
11 Arizona $55,785 $54,670 98.0
12 North Dakota $55,281 $54,950 99.4
13 Utah $55,000 $51,150 93.0
14 New Hampshire $54,521 $63,790 117.0
15 Pennsylvania $54,516 $55,280 101.4
16 Indiana $54,145 $48,460 89.5
17 New York $53,961 $70,690 131.0
18 Ohio $53,742 $50,410 93.8
19 Vermont $53,286 $64,530 121.1
20 Wyoming $53,148 $48,790 91.8
21 Oregon $52,854 $61,100 115.6
22 Massachusetts $51,866 $69,190 133.4
23 Alaska $51,350 $67,320 131.1
24 Louisiana $50,928 $48,280 94.8
25 Alabama $50,087 $45,680 91.2
26 Nebraska $50,010 $45,810 91.6
27 Wisconsin $49,338 $47,760 96.8
28 Virginia $47,867 $48,250 100.8
29 Kansas $47,842 $43,010 89.9
30 North Carolina $47,614 $44,710 93.9
31 Georgia $47,155 $43,100 91.4
32 Maryland $47,067 $59,070 125.5
33 Tennessee $46,901 $41,930 89.4
34 Idaho $46,340 $42,680 92.1
35 Montana $45,525 $45,890 100.8
36 South Dakota $44,831 $46,490 103.7
37 New Mexico $44,528 $42,970 96.5
38 Arkansas $44,431 $38,700 87.1
39 South Carolina $44,012 $43,660 99.2
40 Mississippi $42,828 $36,790 85.9
41 West Virginia $42,323 $39,530 93.4
42 Oklahoma $42,298 $37,730 89.2
43 Kentucky $42,077 $38,080 90.5
44 Maine $41,976 $46,510 110.8
45 Missouri $41,283 $37,320 90.4
46 Florida $36,246 $35,630 98.3
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