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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 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. Michigan
  4. California
  5. Minnesota
  6. New Jersey
  7. Arizona
  8. Nevada
  9. Colorado
  10. North Dakota

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 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 $83350, so our index value would be:

$83,350 * (100 / 135.9) = $61,331

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 $74,076 $67,410 91.0
2 Illinois $71,025 $67,190 94.6
3 Michigan $64,438 $57,350 89.0
4 California $61,331 $83,350 135.9
5 Minnesota $61,021 $61,510 100.8
6 New Jersey $60,525 $73,780 121.9
7 Arizona $57,102 $55,960 98.0
8 Nevada $56,882 $58,760 103.3
9 Colorado $55,741 $57,860 103.8
10 North Dakota $53,923 $53,600 99.4
11 Wyoming $53,747 $49,340 91.8
12 Washington $52,823 $55,570 105.2
13 Pennsylvania $52,672 $53,410 101.4
14 Ohio $51,855 $48,640 93.8
15 Louisiana $51,582 $48,900 94.8
16 New Hampshire $51,401 $60,140 117.0
17 New York $51,251 $67,140 131.0
18 Alaska $50,900 $66,730 131.1
19 Wisconsin $50,630 $49,010 96.8
20 Indiana $50,469 $45,170 89.5
21 Texas $50,396 $45,710 90.7
22 Oregon $50,216 $58,050 115.6
23 Vermont $49,801 $60,310 121.1
24 Massachusetts $49,707 $66,310 133.4
25 Utah $49,569 $46,100 93.0
26 Alabama $48,958 $44,650 91.2
27 Virginia $46,815 $47,190 100.8
28 Maryland $46,334 $58,150 125.5
29 Kansas $44,783 $40,260 89.9
30 Nebraska $44,410 $40,680 91.6
31 Tennessee $43,579 $38,960 89.4
32 New Mexico $43,523 $42,000 96.5
33 Arkansas $43,478 $37,870 87.1
34 Oklahoma $43,363 $38,680 89.2
35 Idaho $43,127 $39,720 92.1
36 Montana $43,055 $43,400 100.8
37 North Carolina $42,854 $40,240 93.9
38 Georgia $41,411 $37,850 91.4
39 South Carolina $41,108 $40,780 99.2
40 South Dakota $40,887 $42,400 103.7
41 Missouri $40,752 $36,840 90.4
42 West Virginia $40,685 $38,000 93.4
43 Florida $39,766 $39,090 98.3
44 Mississippi $39,278 $33,740 85.9
45 Maine $38,592 $42,760 110.8
46 Hawaii $32,674 $54,860 167.9
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