Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
431,600 0.5 % $22.48 $46,750 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.70 $16.42 $20.59 $27.29 $35.88
Annual Wage (2) $28,500 $34,150 $42,820 $56,770 $74,630


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) 229,840 10.51 $22.90 $47,630
Local Government (OES Designation) 160,800 2.99 $22.09 $45,950
Facilities Support Services 22,100 14.84 $18.06 $37,570
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,970 0.84 $26.11 $54,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,010 0.43 $25.91 $53,890

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 22,100 14.84 $18.06 $37,570
State Government (OES Designation) 229,840 10.51 $22.90 $47,630
Local Government (OES Designation) 160,800 2.99 $22.09 $45,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,970 0.84 $26.11 $54,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,010 0.43 $25.91 $53,890

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) 16,970 0.84 $26.11 $54,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,010 0.43 $25.91 $53,890
State Government (OES Designation) 229,840 10.51 $22.90 $47,630
Local Government (OES Designation) 160,800 2.99 $22.09 $45,950
Investigation and Security Services (8) (8) $20.59 $42,820


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 49,720 4.23 1.38 $19.67 $40,910
California 37,050 2.32 0.75 $33.66 $70,020
New York 34,460 3.79 1.23 $30.41 $63,250
Florida 32,930 4.01 1.30 $20.37 $42,360
Pennsylvania 17,020 2.96 0.96 $24.22 $50,380




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 6,550 5.87 1.91 $13.11 $27,260
Arizona 15,190 5.73 1.86 $20.30 $42,220
New Mexico 4,140 5.14 1.67 $15.87 $33,010
West Virginia 3,370 4.83 1.57 $16.34 $33,990
Louisiana 8,430 4.38 1.43 $16.82 $34,990




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 10,180 2.57 0.84 $34.34 $71,430
California 37,050 2.32 0.75 $33.66 $70,020
Massachusetts 6,400 1.85 0.60 $31.81 $66,170
New York 34,460 3.79 1.23 $30.41 $63,250
Illinois 14,290 2.42 0.79 $29.84 $62,060





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,350 2.18 0.71 $32.68 $67,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 9,920 5.12 1.67 $21.11 $43,920
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,100 2.76 0.90 $21.16 $44,020
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,120 1.41 0.46 $29.22 $60,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,500 3.30 1.07 $34.36 $71,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,260 1.75 0.57 $20.92 $43,510
Bakersfield, CA 4,200 14.29 4.65 $35.36 $73,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,120 1.61 0.52 $17.16 $35,690
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,830 2.85 0.93 $22.48 $46,760
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,720 2.07 0.67 $33.88 $70,480