How much do Correctional Officers earn in the United States?

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The average salary for a correctional officer is $17.51

213,475 salaries reported. Updated 25 May 2022.

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How much does a Correctional Officer make?

In the United States, the average pay for a correctional officer as of June 2022 is approximately $17.51 per hour. That works out to be approximately $36,423 per year and $12,608 per month, assuming you work a 40 hour work week.

Comparing Correctional Officer salaries

DirectlyApply has seen correctional officer salaries ranging from a high of $21.40 per hour to a low of $5.13 per hour, although we would estimate that the majority of correctional officers currently sit between $15.13 per hour and $21.40 per hour.

To be considered a top earning correctional officer you would be expected to be making in excess of $21.40 per hour, which would put you in the top 10%. If you are earning $15.13 per hour or lower, you would be sitting in the bottom 25 percentile.

However interestingly, the average pay range for an correctional officer can vary significantly (by as much as $16.27 per hour) so therefore this role may allow for either increased hours or overtime, as well as opportunities for promotion and pay rises. It is therefore highly possible that you can increase your salary as you gain more experience in the role.

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