Salary Guide: Corrections Officers

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Corrections Officers and Jailers maintain order at correctional facilities and rehabilitative institutions. Includes police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners. Nationwide there are nearly 500,000 Corrections Officers who earn an average salary of $42,780.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for all Corrections Officer positions. Some positions also require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. All officers proceed through a training academy to gain the on-the-job training necessary for specified positions.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for all Corrections Officer positions.

Explore Corrections Officer programs in your area.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $33,390
Alaska: $50,390
Arizona: $40,850
Arkansas: $31,280
California: $65,500
Colorado: $44,830
Connecticut: $50,450
District of Columbia: $39,280
Florida: $39,710
Georgia: $30,270
Hawaii: $47,140
Idaho: $32,240
Illinois: $51,700
Indiana: $32,110
Iowa: $42,790
Kansas: $32,400
Kentucky: $28,750
Louisiana: $33,670
Maine: $33,830
Maryland: $45,320
Massachusetts: N/A
Michigan: $47,270
Minnesota: $43,980
Mississippi: $25,790
Missouri: $29,210
Montana: $32,040
Nebraska: $32,350
Nevada: $55,760
New Hampshire: $39,890
New Jersey: $66,590
New Mexico: $32,080
New York: $56,480
North Carolina: $31,720
North Dakota: $33,040
Ohio: $40,580
Oklahoma: $29,520
Oregon: $49,010
Pennsylvania: $45,560
South Carolina: $31,710
South Dakota: $33,550
Tennessee: $31,770
Texas: $33,190
Utah: $40,340
Virginia: $38,380
Washington: $46,260
Wisconsin: $42,820
Wyoming: $40,530

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $62,190
2. Los Angeles: $56,190
3. Chicago: $52,100
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $36,820
5. Philadelphia: $48,910
6. Houston: $33,580
7. Washington DC: $48,560
8. Miami: N/A
9. Atlanta: $34,260
10. Boston: N/A
11. San Francisco: N/A
12. Detroit: $46,960
13. Riverside: N/A
14. Phoenix: $41,930
15. Seattle: $50,240
16. Minneapolis: $45,060
17. San Diego: N/A
18. St. Louis: $36,770
19. Tampa: $46,600
20. Baltimore: $45,260

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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