Correctional Officer and Jailer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for correctional officers and jailers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of correctional officers and jailers among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Correctional Officers and Jailers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,800
25th Percentile Wage
$55,780
50th Percentile Wage
$76,480
75th Percentile Wage
$83,690
90th Percentile Wage
$86,270

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for correctional officers and jailers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $86,270. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $76,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,800.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23.46
25th Percentile Wage
$26.82
50th Percentile Wage
$36.77
75th Percentile Wage
$40.22
90th Percentile Wage
$41.48

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for correctional officers and jailers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $41.48. The median hourly salary is $36.77. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23.46.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of correctional officers and jailers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201676,4800.78%5.70%
201575,8800.83%-
201475,2503.53%-
201372,5900.65%-
201272,120--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Correctional Officers and Jailers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of correctional officers and jailers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of correctional officers and jailers in state of California ranges from $51,500 to $82,870. The highest paying area for correctional officers and jailers in California is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $82,870. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $82,870). The lowest paying area is North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $51,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Bakersfield-Delano
$82,870
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$82,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$81,310
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$81,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$80,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$80,270
Salinas
$79,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$72,540
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$70,370
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$68,270
Fresno
$66,930
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$65,110
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$63,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$60,440
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$54,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$54,590
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$52,840
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,500


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