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How Much Money Does a Corrections Officer Make Per Year?correctional officer average salary 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

You might be wondering how much does a correctional officer make? The answer really all depends on what type correctional facility you work for. For example, federal correctional officer make a lot more than a state employed corrections officer. It really depends on several factors; rank, facility(state, federal or county operated), experience, etc.

Average Salary, Pay scale, & Pay range of a correctional officer

It is not unusual for a rookie correctional officer working for the federal government to make well over 50k. As stated above the federal government pays their employees really well. However the federal government requires that every CO have a four year college degree. That’s not a requirement for most states, and local level CO jobs.

Although the federal government pays their guards really well, some county departments pays equally well. The average salary for a correctional officer working at the local level is around $35,000.00 to $45,000.00.  That’s just the base pay of a correctional officer.

Because of the overcrowding problems facing many jails, plus manpower shortage, overtime opportunities are plentiful for a jailer. So when you factor in the base salary of a correctional officer, plus overtime pay it is not uncommon to see an entry level CO make 60k-70k annually.

That number is very reachable if you are willing to put in extra hours to cover another shift. That’s really not bad when you consider many people with a four year degree won’t sniff 50k fresh out of college.

Those CO’s with decade long or more of experience can average 60k per year without any overtime. If this same individual makes commander or shift captain he/she can make well over six figures depending on where he/she is employed at. 

Requirements To Become a Correctional Officer:

There are several ways to become a correctional officer. Aside from federal correctional facilities, you don’t need a college degree to be a corrections officer. Most facilities only require a high school degree or GED.

Here’s some of the requirements you’ll need to become a correctional officer (also known as a jailer, prison guard, CO)

  • Must be 21 years old in most states (some states it is only 18)
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony
  • Must not have been convicted of domestic battery
  • Must be someone of good moral character and reputation
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Here’s a list by rank of the toughest places to be a correctional officer:

  New York New York  
  Los Angeles California  
  Chicago Illinois  
  Houston Texas  
  Philadelphia Pennsylvania  
  Phoenix Arizona  
  San Diego California  
  Dallas Texas  
  San Antonio Texas  
  Detroit Michigan  
  San Jose California  
  Indianapolis Indiana  
  San Francisco California  
  Jacksonville Florida  
  Columbus Ohio  
  Austin Texas  
  Memphis Tennessee  
  Baltimore Maryland  
  Milwaukee Wisconsin  
  Boston Massachusetts  
  Charlotte North Carolina  
  El Paso Texas  
  Washington District of Columbia  
  Nashville-Davidson Tennessee  
  Seattle Washington  
  Fort Worth Texas  
  Denver Colorado  
  Portland Oregon  
  Oklahoma Oklahoma  
  Las Vegas Nevada  
  Tucson Arizona  
  New Orleans Louisiana  
  Long Beach California  
  Cleveland Ohio  
  Albuquerque New Mexico  
  Fresno California  
  Kansas Missouri  
  Sacramento California  
  Virginia Beach Virginia  
  Mesa Arizona  
  Atlanta Georgia  
  Oakland California  
  Omaha Nebraska  
  Tulsa Oklahoma  
  Honolulu CDP Hawaii  
  Minneapolis Minnesota  
  Miami Florida  
  Colorado Springs Colorado  
  Wichita Kansas  
  Arlington Texas  
  Santa Ana California  
  St. Louis Missouri  
  Anaheim California  
  Pittsburgh Pennsylvania  
  Cincinnati Ohio  
  Tampa Florida  
  Toledo Ohio  
  Raleigh North Carolina  
  Buffalo New York  
  Aurora Colorado  
  St. Paul Minnesota  
  Corpus Christi Texas  
  Newark New Jersey  
  Riverside California  
  Anchorage Alaska  
  Lexington-Fayette Kentucky  
  Stockton California  
  Bakersfield California  
  Louisville Kentucky  
  St. Petersburg Florida  
  Jersey New Jersey  
  Birmingham Alabama  
  Norfolk Virginia  
  Plano Texas  
  Lincoln Nebraska  
  Glendale Arizona  
  Greensboro North Carolina  
  Hialeah Florida  
  Baton Rouge Louisiana  
  Garland Texas  
  Rochester New York  
  Scottsdale Arizona  
  Madison Wisconsin  
  Akron Ohio  
  Fort Wayne Indiana  
  Fremont California  
  Chesapeake Virginia  
  Henderson Nevada  
  Lubbock Texas  
  Modesto California  
  Chandler Arizona  
  Montgomery Alabama  
  Glendale California  
  Shreveport Louisiana  
  Des Moines Iowa  
  Augusta-Richmond Georgia  
  Tacoma Washington  
  Richmond Virginia  
  Yonkers New York  
  Grand Rapids Michigan  
  Spokane Washington  
  Irving Texas  
  Durham North Carolina  
  Mobile Alabama  
  Chula Vista California  
  Huntington Beach California  
  Orlando Florida  
  San Bernardino California  
  Laredo Texas  
  Reno Nevada  
  Arlington CDP Virginia  
  Boise Idaho  
  Winston-Salem North Carolina  
  Columbus Georgia  
  Little Rock Arkansas  
  Salt Lake Utah  
  Jackson Mississippi  
  Newport News Virginia  
  Oxnard California  
  Amarillo Texas  
  Providence Rhode Island  
  Worcester Massachusetts  
  Knoxville Tennessee  
  Garden Grove California  
  Oceanside California  
  Ontario California  
  Dayton Ohio  
  Huntsville Alabama  
  Irvine California  
  Santa Clarita California  
  Tempe Arizona  
  Overland Park Kansas  
  Fort Lauderdale Florida  
  Aurora Illinois  
  Chattanooga Tennessee  
  Tallahassee Florida  
  Pomona California  
  Santa Rosa California  
  Springfield Massachusetts  
  Rockford Illinois  
  Springfield Missouri  
  Moreno Valley California  
  Paterson New Jersey  
  Brownsville Texas  
  Vancouver Washington  
  Salinas California  
  Kansas Kansas  
  Pembroke Pines Florida  
  Hampton Virginia  
  Syracuse New York  
  Pasadena Texas  
  Lakewood Colorado  
  Rancho Cucamonga California  
  Fontana California  
  Hollywood Florida  
  Hayward California  
  Torrance California  
  Salem Oregon  
  Eugene Oregon  
  Bridgeport Connecticut  
  Pasadena California  
  Corona California  
  Warren Michigan  
  Escondido California  
  North Las Vegas Nevada  
  Naperville Illinois  
  Grand Prairie Texas  
  Gilbert town Arizona  
  Orange California  
  Alexandria Virginia  
  Sioux Falls South Dakota  
  Sunnyvale California  
  Fullerton California  
  Mesquite Texas  
  Savannah Georgia  
  Sterling Heights Michigan  
  Coral Springs Florida  
  Concord California  
  Fort Collins Colorado  
  Lancaster California  
  Hartford Connecticut  
  Palmdale California  
  Fayetteville North Carolina  
  New Haven Connecticut  
  Elizabeth New Jersey  
  Peoria Arizona  
  Thousand Oaks California  
  Cedar Rapids Iowa  
  Topeka Kansas  
  Flint Michigan  
  El Monte California  
  Stamford Connecticut  
  Vallejo California  
  Evansville Indiana  
  Lansing Michigan  
  Joliet Illinois  
  Columbia South Carolina  
  Simi Valley California  
  Waco Texas  
  Abilene Texas  
  Ann Arbor Michigan  
  Carrollton Texas  
  Inglewood California  
  McAllen Texas  
  Independence Missouri  
  Cape Coral Florida  
  Bellevue Washington  
  Beaumont Texas  
  Peoria Illinois  
  Springfield Illinois  
  Lafayette Louisiana  
  West Valley Utah  
  Costa Mesa California  
  Downey California  
  Manchester New Hampshire  
  Clearwater Florida  
  Waterbury Connecticut  
  West Covina California  
  South Bend Indiana  
  Allentown Pennsylvania  
  Norwalk California  
  Clarksville Tennessee  
  Provo Utah  
  Lowell Massachusetts  
  Athens-Clarke County Georgia  
  Berkeley California  
  Ventura California  
  Westminster Colorado  
  Pueblo Colorado  
  Wichita Falls Texas  
  Burbank California  
  Richmond California  
  Arvada Colorado  
  Erie Pennsylvania  
  Fairfield California  
  Daly California  
  Santa Clara California  
  Cambridge Massachusetts  
  Green Bay Wisconsin  
  Olathe Kansas  
  Gary Indiana  
  Livonia Michigan  
  Antioch California  
  Portsmouth Virginia  
  Centennial Colorado  
  Charleston South Carolina  
  South Gate California  
  Port St. Lucie Florida  
  Cary town North Carolina  
  Dearborn Michigan  
  Norman Oklahoma  
  Davenport Iowa  
  Everett Washington  
  Richardson Texas  
  Visalia California  
  Rialto California  
  Elgin Illinois  
  Mission Viejo California  
  Macon Georgia  
  Midland Texas  
  Compton California  
  El Cajon California  
  Brockton Massachusetts  
  Gainesville Florida  
  Gresham Oregon  
  Boulder Colorado  
  New Bedford Massachusetts  
  Roanoke Virginia  
  Albany New York  
  Thornton Colorado  
  Vacaville California  
  Carson California  
  Killeen Texas  
  Fall River Massachusetts  
  Kenosha Wisconsin  
  Billings Montana  
  San Mateo California  
  Roseville California  
  Vista California  
  Lawton Oklahoma  
  Waukegan Illinois  
  Fargo North Dakota  
  Odessa Texas  
  Wilmington North Carolina  
  High Point North Carolina  
  Rochester Minnesota  
  Miramar Florida  
  Denton Texas  
  Lynn Massachusetts  
  Miami Beach Florida  
  Westminster California  
  Santa Barbara California  
  Sandy Utah  
  Quincy Massachusetts  
  Citrus Heights California  
  Sunrise Florida  
  Nashua New Hampshire  
  Alhambra California  
  San Angelo Texas  
  Pompano Beach Florida

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