Correctional officer earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level correctional officer earnings begin at:

$24.38 per hour

$50,700 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level correctional officer earnings begin at:

$22.40 per hour

$46,590 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level correctional officer earnings begin at:

$19.02 per hour

$39,550 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level correctional officer earnings begin at:

$17.67 per hour

$36,750 per year

10th percentile

Starting level correctional officer earnings begin at:

$15.29 per hour

$31,800 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Correctional officer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $81,890
Massachusetts $77,890
New Jersey $77,270
Oregon $72,900
Rhode Island $69,710
Alaska $65,730
New York $64,640
Washington $62,810
Hawaii $60,930
Illinois $60,930
Nevada $60,780
Michigan $58,550
Connecticut $55,310
Minnesota $54,950
Pennsylvania $54,450
Colorado $50,750
New Hampshire $50,380
Iowa $50,130
District of Columbia $49,640
Wisconsin $48,820
Delaware $48,320
Maryland $47,920
Ohio $47,920
Vermont $47,920
North Dakota $47,700
Utah $46,590
Arizona $46,200
Nebraska $45,760
Wyoming $45,630
Maine $44,190
Texas $41,760
Montana $40,130
Virginia $40,130
Kansas $39,850
Idaho $39,790
South Dakota $39,550
Alabama $39,490
Indiana $38,990
Florida $38,600
Tennessee $38,410
New Mexico $38,040
North Carolina $37,980
Louisiana $37,760
Oklahoma $37,620
South Carolina $37,620
West Virginia $37,620
Arkansas $37,160
Georgia $34,830
Missouri $31,750
Kentucky $31,490
Mississippi $30,940
Puerto Rico $25,920

How do correctional officer salaries compare to similar careers?

Correctional officers earn about the same as related careers in South Dakota. On average, they make less than clergy members but more than medical administrative assistants.

Career Median Salary
Clergy member salary $47K
Postal service clerk salary $47K
Postal service worker salary $47K
Family social worker salary $44K
American sign language interpreter salary $39K
Correctional officer salary $40K
Meter reader salary $47K
Forensic science technician salary $40K
Travel agent salary $38K
Medical administrative assistant salary $39K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)