Salary for Correctional Officers and Jailers

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 helps law and public safety professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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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 usually gets an average compensation of between 24000 and 36000 based on levels of tenure. Correctional Officers and Jailers will normally receive a wage of Thirty Three Thousand dollars every year.

Correctional Officers and Jailers have the most lucrative average salary level in California, where they get job pay of close to $66720. These employees have the best average pay in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they can get salary pay of $43310.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 8.34 percent nationwide in that time.
Correctional Officers and Jailers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $43,310
Health Care and Social Assistance $39,290
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $33,140
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $33,140
Health Care and Social Assistance $39,290
Public Administration $43,310