Probation officer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Probation officer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $65,470
Alabama $45,060
Arkansas $36,690
Arizona $53,010
California $89,210
Colorado $56,490
District of Columbia $58,450
Florida $32,880
Georgia $41,840
Hawaii $55,880
Iowa $71,630
Idaho $42,710
Illinois $67,910
Indiana $47,497
Kansas $41,143
Kentucky $37,070
Louisiana $45,090
Massachusetts $66,260
Maryland $57,830
Maine $48,060
Michigan $64,840
Minnesota $67,060
Missouri $36,730
Mississippi $36,700
Montana $44,390
North Carolina $42,810
North Dakota $51,980
Nebraska $45,380
New Hampshire $64,700
New Jersey $73,780
New Mexico $42,580
Nevada $59,980
New York $70,620
Ohio $49,160
Oklahoma $36,570
Oregon $61,100
Pennsylvania $53,529
Rhode Island $85,260
South Carolina $41,780
South Dakota $46,330
Tennessee $40,930
Texas $44,810
Utah $51,170
Virginia $45,060
Vermont $64,120
Washington $61,370
Wisconsin $47,100
West Virginia $37,490
Wyoming $48,370

How much does a Probation Officer earn?

Probation officer salaries are typically better for professionals with prior experience in psychological care, counseling, social work, law enforcement, or chemical dependency treatment. These fields help individuals to develop skills that can transfer well to probation officer jobs, and employers like to have these experienced professionals join their organizations. Quite often, employers will offer financial incentives to bring them on board.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most lucrative salaries for this profession are paid by municipal governments. As government positions, probation officer salaries are greatly dependent on the affluence of the government agency and the cost of living within an area. According to the BLS, the highest average salaries for probation officers were in California, New Jersey and Connecticut - these areas have higher average household incomes and the courts have adjusted their salaries to attract qualified professionals. Even within a state, the salaries for probation officers can depend upon where one works; officers within city areas earn considerably more than those based in rural areas.

Probation officers who have years of experience on the job may take on more prominent positions including probation manager and agency director. There is usually a substantial increase with each significant promotion, depending upon the department one works for.

How do probation officer salaries compare to similar careers?

Probation officers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than judicial law clerks but more than firefighters.

Career Median Salary
Judicial law clerk salary $54K
Recruiter salary $55K
Sign language interpreter salary $52K
Funeral director salary $54K
Interior designer salary $53K
Probation officer salary $55K
Clergy salary $51K
Fish and game warden salary $58K
Real estate agent salary $49K
Firefighter salary $49K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)