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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$29,540|
|25th Percentile Wage||$34,830|
|50th Percentile Wage||$43,540|
|75th Percentile Wage||$57,850|
|90th Percentile Wage||$74,940|
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 $74,940. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,540. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 153% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of correctional officers and jailers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $46,860. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $36,930).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
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 $26,700 to $75,480. The highest paying state for correctional officers and jailers is California with a median annual salary of $75,480. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $26,700. 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|
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|New York|| |
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|District of Columbia|| |
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|Puerto Rico|| |