Salary for Correctional Officers and Jailers

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Also known as:  Certified Detention Deputy, Convict Guard, Correction Officer, Correctional Guard, Correctional Sergeant, Detention Deputy, Detention Officer, Jail Guard, Juvenile Corrections Officer, Penal Officer

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Correctional officers and jailers guard prisoners being held in correctional institutions, both low and high security, and may be called upon to help transport and escort individuals between prison and the courthouse. These professionals keep daily records for individual prisoner activities and must keep a running log of prisoner attendance. Additionally, they guard prison entrances, inspect incoming and outgoing mail items and process inmates upon arrival. Correctional officers and jailers must have an extensive knowledge of personal protective weapons and techniques such as handcuffs and self defense skills. They must be vigilant monitors and inclined towards conflict resolution strategies. An associate's degree or vocational school training is required for employment in this professional post.

A Correctional Officer or Jailer earns a pay level between $32,830 - $81,940 depending on seniority levels. usually receive a salary of fifty-two thousand three hundred and fourty dollars per year.

make the most money in California, where they can earn an average salary rate of just about $81,100. Professionals that work in these jobs obtain the highest pay in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they earn pay of $60,690.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 26.19 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Correctional Officers and Jailers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,690
Public Administration
$52,740
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$45,420

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$45,420
Public Administration
$52,740
Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,690