Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
434,870 0.5 % $20.94 $43,550 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.98 $15.25 $18.77 $25.72 $33.47
Annual Wage (2) $27,000 $31,730 $39,040 $53,500 $69,610


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) 236,890 10.76 $21.24 $44,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 157,910 2.89 $20.50 $42,650
Facilities Support Services 22,240 17.46 $17.65 $36,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,250 0.80 $25.67 $53,400
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 670 0.29 $20.20 $42,020

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 22,240 17.46 $17.65 $36,710
State Government (OES Designation) 236,890 10.76 $21.24 $44,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 157,910 2.89 $20.50 $42,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,250 0.80 $25.67 $53,400
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 670 0.29 $20.20 $42,020

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) 16,250 0.80 $25.67 $53,400
State Government (OES Designation) 236,890 10.76 $21.24 $44,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 157,910 2.89 $20.50 $42,650
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 670 0.29 $20.20 $42,020
Facilities Support Services 22,240 17.46 $17.65 $36,710


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 47,910 4.53 1.36 $16.69 $34,720
California 37,210 2.60 0.78 $32.18 $66,930
New York 32,650 3.82 1.15 $29.39 $61,140
Florida 32,190 4.43 1.33 $19.75 $41,090
Pennsylvania 17,020 3.04 0.91 $22.31 $46,400




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)
Mississippi 6,350 5.87 1.76 $12.88 $26,800
New Mexico 4,490 5.81 1.74 $15.35 $31,940
Arizona 13,240 5.48 1.64 $19.29 $40,130
Louisiana 9,620 5.15 1.54 $15.92 $33,120
West Virginia 3,440 4.85 1.45 $16.01 $33,290




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 10,520 2.77 0.83 $33.32 $69,310
California 37,210 2.60 0.78 $32.18 $66,930
New York 32,650 3.82 1.15 $29.39 $61,140
Massachusetts 6,150 1.92 0.58 $29.19 $60,700
Rhode Island 1,140 2.51 0.75 $28.22 $58,690





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,120 2.16 0.65 $33.82 $70,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,230 3.50 1.05 $16.92 $35,180
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,260 4.77 1.43 $19.91 $41,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,000 2.13 0.64 $24.53 $51,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,970 4.28 1.28 $32.33 $67,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,560 2.67 0.80 $29.20 $60,730
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 4,360 15.89 4.76 (8) (8)
Richmond, VA 4,160 6.95 2.08 $17.76 $36,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,920 1.08 0.32 $26.17 $54,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,830 2.10 0.63 $21.67 $45,070




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)
Pine Bluff, AR 1,660 47.81 14.32 $16.16 $33,610
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 1,920 32.73 9.81 $34.10 $70,940
Cumberland, MD-WV 870 23.86 7.15 $20.79 $43,230
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 2,520 19.83 5.94 $15.55 $32,350
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 880 16.42 4.92 $15.81 $32,880
Jefferson City, MO 1,150 16.31 4.89 $13.66 $28,400
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 4,360 15.89 4.76 (8) (8)
Yuma, AZ 880 15.86 4.75 $17.59 $36,580
Wichita Falls, TX 820 14.75 4.42 $16.06 $33,410
Salisbury, MD 690 13.66 4.09 $19.65 $40,880