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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

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
$43,540
1.65% 10.34%
2016
$42,820
5.35% -
2015
$40,530
1.85% -
2014
$39,780
0.58% -
2013
$39,550
1.29% -
2012
$39,040
- -

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 $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
$46,860
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,930

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 $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
California
$75,480
New Jersey
$74,110
Massachusetts
$68,280
New York
$65,820
Rhode Island
$61,890
Alaska
$60,760
Oregon
$59,000
Hawaii
$57,760
Illinois
$57,110
Michigan
$54,520
Nevada
$54,210
Connecticut
$54,120
Washington
$52,490
Minnesota
$50,600
Iowa
$50,120
District of Columbia
$49,640
Pennsylvania
$48,980
Maryland
$46,180
New Hampshire
$45,870
Colorado
$44,500
Arizona
$43,760
Ohio
$43,290
Wisconsin
$42,860
Vermont
$42,150
North Dakota
$41,980
Utah
$41,390
Texas
$41,200
Montana
$38,830
Wyoming
$38,580
Maine
$38,180
Florida
$37,000
Virginia
$36,880
Nebraska
$36,130
South Dakota
$35,790
North Carolina
$35,430
Idaho
$34,820
New Mexico
$34,790
Alabama
$34,620
Georgia
$33,960
Delaware
$33,620
Kentucky
$33,470
South Carolina
$33,310
Oklahoma
$33,220
Arkansas
$32,790
Kansas
$32,570
Tennessee
$31,970
Indiana
$31,950
Louisiana
$31,120
Missouri
$29,510
West Virginia
$28,240
Puerto Rico
$26,800
Mississippi
$26,700



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