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 amongst California metropolitan areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,080
25th Percentile Wage
$58,770
50th Percentile Wage
$75,480
75th Percentile Wage
$85,270
90th Percentile Wage
$87,720

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 $87,720. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $75,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,080.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of correctional officers and jailers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$75,480
-1.32% 4.45%
2016
$76,480
0.78% -
2015
$75,880
0.83% -
2014
$75,250
3.53% -
2013
$72,590
0.65% -
2012
$72,120
- -

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 $41,160 to $85,260. The highest paying area for correctional officers and jailers in California is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $85,260. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Bakersfield-Delano (mean annual salary $85,260). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $41,160.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$85,260
Bakersfield-Delano
$85,260
Madera-Chowchilla
$82,880
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$82,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$80,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$79,600
Salinas
$79,220
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$78,240
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$78,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$72,140
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$69,800
Stockton
$69,710
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$67,950
Fresno
$67,820
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$63,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$62,680
Merced
$57,220
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
$52,550
Visalia-Porterville
$41,160




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