How Much do Corrections Officers Make?

Do corrections officers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for corrections officers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, corrections officers in the United States earn an average of $50,130 a year, equivalent to $24.10 an hour. Corrections officers make 6% less than the average American worker.

Corrections officers in California are the best paid, making $78,510 a year, while corrections officers in Mississippi make the least at $31,490.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Corrections Officer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $37.54 $78,090
75th $28.90 $60,110
50th $21.72 $45,180
25th $17.84 $37,110
10th $15.26 $31,740
Corrections Officer Wages by State

In what states do corrections officers make the most? In what states do corrections officers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $18.67 $38,840
Alaska $30.97 $64,410
Arizona $20.50 $42,640
Arkansas $16.86 $35,070
California $37.75 $78,510
Colorado $24.94 $51,880
Connecticut $25.83 $53,720
Florida $20.68 $43,010
Georgia $16.50 $34,320
Hawaii $28.82 $59,950
Idaho $20.04 $41,690
Illinois $28.89 $60,090
Indiana $17.99 $37,430
Iowa $24.23 $50,400
Kansas $18.23 $37,920
Kentucky $17.14 $35,640
Louisiana $17.31 $36,010
Maine $20.20 $42,010
Maryland $23.88 $49,670
Massachusetts $32.82 $68,270
Michigan $25.49 $53,030
Minnesota $25.72 $53,510
Mississippi $15.14 $31,490
Missouri $16.05 $33,380
Montana $19.83 $41,240
Nebraska $19.97 $41,530
Nevada $30.33 $63,090
New Hampshire $22.60 $47,000
New Jersey $34.23 $71,190
New Mexico $18.01 $37,450
New York $31.73 $66,000
North Carolina $19.26 $40,060
North Dakota $22.20 $46,180
Ohio $22.26 $46,300
Oklahoma $16.24 $33,770
Oregon $28.89 $60,100
Pennsylvania $26.60 $55,330
Rhode Island $32.95 $68,540
South Carolina $18.19 $37,830
South Dakota $19.24 $40,010
Tennessee $17.78 $36,990
Texas $20.42 $42,470
Utah $22.93 $47,690
Vermont $22.15 $46,080
Virginia $20.37 $42,380
Washington $28.42 $59,110
West Virginia $18.63 $38,740
Wisconsin $21.79 $45,320
Wyoming $21.84 $45,430
Metro Areas Where Corrections Officers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Stockton, CA $39.08 $81,280
Bakersfield, CA $38.38 $79,830
San Francisco, CA $38.32 $79,710
Riverside, CA $38.14 $79,330
Sacramento, CA $36.89 $76,720
Eugene, OR $36.75 $76,440
Los Angeles, CA $36.30 $75,510
Fresno, CA $34.98 $72,750
New York, NY $34.53 $71,830
Vineland, NJ $34.22 $71,180
Corrections Officer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $24.10 $50,130
2018 $23.70 $49,300
2017 $22.88 $47,600
2016 $22.48 $46,750
2015 $21.79 $45,320
2014 $21.59 $44,910
2013 $21.32 $44,350
2012 $20.94 $43,550
2011 $20.82 $43,300