Probation officer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Probation officer salary by state

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

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 firefighters but more than event planners.

Career Median Salary
Firefighter salary $50K
Funeral director salary $53K
Interior designer salary $52K
Private detective salary $50K
Insurance sales agent salary $50K
Probation officer salary $53K
Sign language interpreter salary $50K
Clergy salary $49K
Wedding planner salary $49K
Event planner salary $48K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)