The 10 States With The Highest Probation Officer Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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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.

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 probation officer salaries:

  1. Iowa
  2. Michigan
  3. Minnesota
  4. Connecticut
  5. California
  6. Illinois
  7. Washington
  8. North Dakota
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Nevada

To better understand how probation officer 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.

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

How we determined probation officer pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for probation officers from the 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 $94650, so our index value would be:

$94,650 * (100 / 135.9) = $69,646

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 $79,890 $72,700 91.0
2 Michigan $72,101 $64,170 89.0
3 Minnesota $72,053 $72,630 100.8
4 Connecticut $70,446 $89,960 127.7
5 California $69,646 $94,650 135.9
6 Illinois $68,837 $65,120 94.6
7 Washington $66,996 $70,480 105.2
8 North Dakota $65,020 $64,630 99.4
9 Massachusetts $62,953 $83,980 133.4
10 Nevada $61,771 $63,810 103.3
11 New Jersey $61,558 $75,040 121.9
12 Colorado $61,541 $63,880 103.8
13 Pennsylvania $59,901 $60,740 101.4
14 Ohio $59,573 $55,880 93.8
15 New York $58,984 $77,270 131.0
16 Indiana $58,972 $52,780 89.5
17 Utah $58,817 $54,700 93.0
18 Oregon $58,252 $67,340 115.6
19 Arizona $57,265 $56,120 98.0
20 Louisiana $57,035 $54,070 94.8
21 Wyoming $56,230 $51,620 91.8
22 Vermont $56,127 $67,970 121.1
23 New Hampshire $56,076 $65,610 117.0
24 Alaska $56,048 $73,480 131.1
25 Nebraska $55,524 $50,860 91.6
26 Texas $55,226 $50,090 90.7
27 Alabama $54,901 $50,070 91.2
28 Delaware $52,455 $53,190 101.4
29 Wisconsin $52,417 $50,740 96.8
30 Idaho $51,226 $47,180 92.1
31 Kansas $50,622 $45,510 89.9
32 New Mexico $50,207 $48,450 96.5
33 Maryland $50,047 $62,810 125.5
34 West Virginia $49,935 $46,640 93.4
35 North Carolina $49,435 $46,420 93.9
36 Maine $48,745 $54,010 110.8
37 Georgia $48,446 $44,280 91.4
38 Oklahoma $48,172 $42,970 89.2
39 South Dakota $48,042 $49,820 103.7
40 Tennessee $47,863 $42,790 89.4
41 Montana $47,718 $48,100 100.8
42 Arkansas $47,680 $41,530 87.1
43 Virginia $47,172 $47,550 100.8
44 Kentucky $45,248 $40,950 90.5
45 South Carolina $44,778 $44,420 99.2
46 Mississippi $44,190 $37,960 85.9
47 Missouri $43,329 $39,170 90.4
48 Florida $43,123 $42,390 98.3
49 Hawaii $38,749 $65,060 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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