Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
448,740 0.5 % $20.82 $43,300 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.84 $15.07 $18.75 $25.86 $32.96
Annual Wage (2) $26,710 $31,350 $38,990 $53,800 $68,550


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 248,920 10.95 $21.27 $44,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 159,250 2.88 $20.20 $42,020
Facilities Support Services 22,870 16.75 $16.97 $35,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,130 0.78 $25.69 $53,440
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 880 0.37 $23.47 $48,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Facilities Support Services 22,870 16.75 $16.97 $35,290
State Government (OES Designation) 248,920 10.95 $21.27 $44,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 159,250 2.88 $20.20 $42,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,130 0.78 $25.69 $53,440
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 880 0.37 $23.47 $48,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,130 0.78 $25.69 $53,440
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 880 0.37 $23.47 $48,820
State Government (OES Designation) 248,920 10.95 $21.27 $44,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 159,250 2.88 $20.20 $42,020
Facilities Support Services 22,870 16.75 $16.97 $35,290


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 48,190 4.68 1.34 $16.77 $34,880
California 42,410 3.02 0.86 $31.99 $66,540
New York 34,290 4.07 1.16 $27.36 $56,900
Florida 33,640 4.70 1.34 $18.78 $39,070
Pennsylvania 18,390 3.31 0.95 $22.70 $47,220




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 4,450 5.73 1.64 $16.00 $33,270
Arizona 13,650 5.73 1.64 $19.59 $40,740
Louisiana 9,710 5.28 1.51 $16.46 $34,240
Mississippi 5,480 5.11 1.46 $12.96 $26,960
Florida 33,640 4.70 1.34 $18.78 $39,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 10,610 2.81 0.80 $33.58 $69,840
California 42,410 3.02 0.86 $31.99 $66,540
Massachusetts 6,930 2.19 0.63 $27.62 $57,450
New York 34,290 4.07 1.16 $27.36 $56,900
Alaska 1,080 3.43 0.98 $26.62 $55,380





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,680 5.11 1.46 $20.33 $42,290
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,970 3.12 0.89 $16.86 $35,060
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,630 4.93 1.41 $31.82 $66,190
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 5,470 21.19 6.06 $32.74 $68,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,340 2.31 0.66 $23.10 $48,050
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,690 2.80 0.80 $28.55 $59,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,480 2.01 0.57 $16.58 $34,480
Baltimore-Towson, MD 4,160 3.33 0.95 $20.49 $42,620
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,730 1.82 0.52 $17.74 $36,890
Richmond, VA 3,560 6.07 1.74 $17.32 $36,030




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 1,970 33.42 9.55 $34.31 $71,370
Cumberland, MD-WV 940 25.54 7.30 $20.09 $41,790
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 5,470 21.19 6.06 $32.74 $68,110
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 2,480 19.86 5.68 $16.36 $34,020
Abilene, TX 1,020 16.22 4.64 $16.74 $34,810
Jefferson City, MO 1,150 16.14 4.61 $13.61 $28,310
Las Cruces, NM 1,000 15.06 4.30 $18.05 $37,540
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 720 13.46 3.85 (8) (8)
Terre Haute, IN 870 13.04 3.73 $19.76 $41,100
Salisbury, MD 660 12.72 3.63 $19.69 $40,960




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,900 1.98 0.56 $35.71 $74,270
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,660 7.69 2.20 $34.59 $71,940
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 1,970 33.42 9.55 $34.31 $71,370
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,520 3.13 0.90