Correction Officer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$40,000
$27,000
Min 10%
$40,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
San Mateo
Highest Paying City
Santa Cruz, CA
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Average Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a correction officer make?
The national average salary for a Correction Officer in the U.S. is $40,248 annually or $19.35 hourly. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 31,000. The top 10 percent earn over $58,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $27,000 annually. Finance companies and Manufacturing companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. The best states for high paying Correction Officer jobs are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, New York, and New Jersey. The typical tenure for a Correction Officer is 3.7 years.
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Average Correction Officer Salary By Location

Across America, Correction Officers make on average $40,248 annually or $19.35 hourly. Santa Cruz, CA reports the highest Correction Officer salaries at $59,082 per year. The Santa Cruz, CA average entry-level salary for Correction Officers is $37,000. The highest earning states when it comes to Correction Officer salaries are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, New York, and New Jersey. Wyoming, Minnesota, North Dakota, Vermont, and Michigan are the lowest earners.

Map of Correction Officer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Correction Officers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Correction Officer Salary By Company

Correction Officers report their job security as good. Just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others. Finance companies and Manufacturing companies have the most job opportunities for Correction Officers. Companies like San Mateo or Cook Group will get you the highest pay packages. Also, companies like Spokane County and Williamson County pay their Correction Officers very well.

Average Correction Officer Pay By Industry

The type of industry that a Correction Officer works in can influence their earning potential. Our data shows that Health Care companies, Non Profits companies, and Finance companies tend to have the highest salaries for Correction Officers. Salaries for Correction Officers in Health Care companies average $43,763 annually, while Non Profits companies and Finance companies pay $42,452 and $42,173, respectively. The types of companies that pay Correction Officers the least are in the Media industry, where the average annual salary is $38,394.
Industry
Average Salary
Health Care
Health Care
$43,763
$44k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$42,452
$42k
Finance
Finance
$42,173
$42k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$39,284
$39k
Government
Government
$38,411
$38k
Media
Media
$38,394
$38k

Correction Officer Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Correction Officer Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Correction Officer can range from $27,580 to $51,355 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Correction Officer Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
State of Washington
State of Washington
Community Corrections Officer 2 (OR In-Training Community Corrections Officer 1)
Community Corrections Officer 2 (OR In-Training Community Corrections Officer 1)
04/28/2020
04/28/2020
$49,440
$49,440
Correctional Officer III-Tdu
Correctional Officer III-Tdu
04/26/2020
04/26/2020
$33,960
$33,960
State of Florida
State of Florida
Correctional Officer Sergeant
Correctional Officer Sergeant
Miami, FL
Miami, FL
04/25/2020
04/25/2020
$32,658
$32,658
Correctional Officer-South Bend Community Re-Entry Center
Correctional Officer-South Bend Community Re-Entry Center
04/24/2020
04/24/2020
$33,392
$33,392
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Correctional Officer (Correctional Systems Officer)
Correctional Officer (Correctional Systems Officer)
04/24/2020
04/24/2020
$55,882
$55,882
State of North Dakota
State of North Dakota
Correctional Officer ND State Penitentiary
Correctional Officer ND State Penitentiary
04/20/2020
04/20/2020
$37,200
$37,200
Jackson County
Jackson County
Corrections Officer I
Corrections Officer I
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, MO
04/18/2020
04/18/2020
$31,702
$31,702
Idaho Division of Human Resources
Idaho Division of Human Resources
Correctional Officer
Correctional Officer
Boise, ID
Boise, ID
04/18/2020
04/18/2020
$34,436
$34,436
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Correctional Officer (Correctional Systems Officer)
Correctional Officer (Correctional Systems Officer)
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
04/17/2020
04/17/2020
$63,815
$63,815
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Correctional Officer (Correctional Systems Officer)
Correctional Officer (Correctional Systems Officer)
04/14/2020
04/14/2020
$56,541
$56,541