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Correctional Officer and Jailer Salary Information

The salary statistics of correctional officers and jailers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of correctional officers and jailers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The correctional officers and jailers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Correctional Officer and Jailer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,500
25th Percentile Wage
$34,150
50th Percentile Wage
$42,820
75th Percentile Wage
$56,770
90th Percentile Wage
$74,630

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for correctional officers and jailers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) correctional officers and jailers is $74,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,500. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201642,8205.35%8.83%
201540,5301.85%-
201439,7800.58%-
201339,5501.29%-
201239,040--

Table 2. Correctional Officer and Jailer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of correctional officers and jailers in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for correctional officers and jailers occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $51,320. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $35,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,320
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,360
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,190

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Correctional Officers and Jailers by States

From the above tables we note that not only correctional officers and jailers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of correctional officers and jailers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,720 to $76,480. The highest paying state for correctional officers and jailers is California with a median annual salary of $76,480. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $24,720. For more salary information of correctional officers and jailers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$76,480
New Jersey
$75,300
Massachusetts
$69,020
New York
$65,540
Illinois
$62,800
Rhode Island
$61,890
Alaska
$60,240
Oregon
$57,570
Hawaii
$57,290
Connecticut
$54,280
Michigan
$54,080
Iowa
$50,800
District of Columbia
$49,640
Pennsylvania
$49,370
Washington
$49,240
Minnesota
$48,660
Maryland
$45,420
Ohio
$44,820
New Hampshire
$44,370
Colorado
$43,190
Vermont
$42,480
Wisconsin
$42,250
Arizona
$42,080
Texas
$40,180
Wyoming
$39,660
North Dakota
$39,310
Utah
$39,190
Maine
$37,880
Florida
$37,830
Montana
$37,420
Virginia
$36,790
South Dakota
$35,350
Nebraska
$35,340
Alabama
$34,150
Delaware
$33,620
Arkansas
$33,200
Idaho
$32,650
Oklahoma
$32,330
New Mexico
$32,210
Louisiana
$32,090
Kansas
$31,880
South Carolina
$31,660
North Carolina
$31,420
Kentucky
$31,090
Georgia
$30,800
Indiana
$30,550
Tennessee
$30,340
Missouri
$29,300
West Virginia
$29,100
Puerto Rico
$26,800
Mississippi
$24,720



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