Detention Officer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$40,000
$24,000
$40,000
$68,000
The average Detention Officer makes about $40,767 per year. That's $19.6 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $24,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $68,000. Many of Detention Officers seem to be drawn to Non Profits and Finance companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case Detention Officers tend to work at Government, Health Care, and Non Profits companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Louisiana, Mississippi and New York pay Detention Officers the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Hoover, AL
$58,733
Albany, NY
$58,107
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Map of Detention Officer Salaries

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

Average Salary:

Average Detention Officer Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a Detention Officer is roughly $40,767 per year, which boils down to $19.6 per hour. Interestingly enough, Detention Officers have the highest salaries in Fremont, CA at about $65,939 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Fremont, CA is $35,000. Additionally, Detention Officers make more than the average salary in Hoover, AL, Albany, NY, Tulsa, OK, Dallas, TX, and Phoenix, AZ. On a more broad level, Detention Officer salaries are highest in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia. On the contrary, Michigan, South Dakota, and Minnesota offer the lowest Detention Officer salaries.

Average Detention Officer Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a Detention Officer, working for City of Dallas or City of Los Angeles might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like City of Aurora and City of San Antonio report highly competitive salaries for Detention Officers.

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Average Detention Officer Pay By Industry

As we previously stated, Detention Officer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Government, Health Care, and Non Profits companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Detention Officers. For example, Detention Officers make a whopping average salary of $45,123 while working for Government companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $42,289 at Health Care companies and $41,377 at Non Profits companies. But Detention Officers may want to avoid working in the Professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $34,244.
Industry
Average Salary
Government
Government
$45,123
$45k
Health Care
Health Care
$42,289
$42k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$41,377
$41k
Finance
Finance
$37,339
$37k
Professional
Professional
$34,244
$34k

Detention Officer Salary History

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Detention Officer Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Detention Officer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation 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 Detention Officer Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
County of Yolo, California
County of Yolo, California
Detention Officer/Detention Officer I-Extra Help
Detention Officer/Detention Officer I-Extra Help
Detention Officer/Detention Officer I-Extra Help
06/25/2020
06/25/2020
$46,937
$46,937
06/25/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/20/2020
06/20/2020
$45,768
$45,768
06/20/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$45,768
$45,768
06/19/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/15/2020
06/15/2020
$35,479
$35,479
06/15/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/13/2020
06/13/2020
$71,083
$71,083
06/13/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/12/2020
06/12/2020
$71,083
$71,083
06/12/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/09/2020
06/09/2020
$41,323
$41,323
06/09/2020
City of Edmond, Ok
City of Edmond, Ok
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/09/2020
06/09/2020
$34,874
$34,874
06/09/2020
Detention Officer
Detention Officer
06/05/2020
06/05/2020
$35,479
$35,479
06/05/2020
Detention Center Officer
Detention Center Officer
05/29/2020
05/29/2020
$37,566
$37,566
05/29/2020