Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
428,870 0.5 % $22.88 $47,600 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.20 $16.75 $20.93 $27.81 $36.03
Annual Wage (2) $29,540 $34,830 $43,540 $57,850 $74,940


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 227,860 10.42 $23.02 $47,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 161,910 2.97 $22.81 $47,440
Facilities Support Services 20,730 13.22 $18.80 $39,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,860 0.83 $26.70 $55,530
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,090 0.46 $25.75 $53,560

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 20,730 13.22 $18.80 $39,110
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 227,860 10.42 $23.02 $47,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 161,910 2.97 $22.81 $47,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,860 0.83 $26.70 $55,530
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,090 0.46 $25.75 $53,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 200 0.02 $27.68 $57,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 16,860 0.83 $26.70 $55,530
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,090 0.46 $25.75 $53,560
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 227,860 10.42 $23.02 $47,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 161,910 2.97 $22.81 $47,440


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 48,600 4.09 1.36 $19.91 $41,420
California 36,730 2.20 0.73 $34.44 $71,630
New York 34,820 3.78 1.26 $30.76 $63,990
Florida 33,730 4.01 1.33 $20.51 $42,670
Pennsylvania 17,380 3.01 1.00 $24.58 $51,140




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 4,550 5.67 1.89 $16.73 $34,800
Arizona 14,170 5.24 1.74 $21.29 $44,290
Mississippi 5,600 5.00 1.66 $13.96 $29,040
West Virginia 3,280 4.77 1.59 $16.39 $34,090
Arkansas 5,480 4.57 1.52 $16.25 $33,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 36,730 2.20 0.73 $34.44 $71,630
New Jersey 10,800 2.70 0.90 $33.85 $70,400
Massachusetts 6,080 1.72 0.57 $31.76 $66,060
New York 34,820 3.78 1.26 $30.76 $63,990
Alaska 1,200 3.77 1.25 $30.07 $62,550



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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 14,500 2.17 0.72 $33.37 $69,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 9,390 4.74 1.58 $21.82 $45,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,840 2.68 0.89 $21.66 $45,050
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,260 1.44 0.48 $31.08 $64,650
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,550 3.17 1.05 $34.96 $72,710
Bakersfield, CA 4,240 13.95 4.64 $35.15 $73,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,100 1.57 0.52 $17.97 $37,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,000 1.61 0.53 $21.49 $44,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,700 0.83 0.28 $31.32 $65,150
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,690 2.01 0.67 $33.71 $70,110


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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 1,420 45.73 15.20 $17.10 $35,560
The Villages, FL 1,120 42.94 14.27 $22.28 $46,340
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 1,960 33.29 11.06 $33.97 $70,650
Elmira, NY 860 24.77 8.23 $30.31 $63,050
Cumberland, MD-WV 800 21.55 7.16 $23.02 $47,880
Glens Falls, NY 880 16.52 5.49 $28.67 $59,630
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 530 16.44 5.46 $19.13 $39,800
Abilene, TX 1,000 15.49 5.15 $19.17 $39,880
Jefferson City, MO 1,130 15.30 5.08 $14.44 $30,030
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,080 15.01 4.99 $29.24 $60,810