|Quick Facts: Correctional Officers and Bailiffs
$49,610 per year
$23.85 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent
|Moderate-term on-the-job training
Correctional officers guard people in penal institutions and guard those in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain order in courtrooms.
Working in a correctional institution can be stressful and dangerous. Correctional officers work in shifts that cover all hours of the day and night, including weekends and holidays. Bailiffs usually work when court is in session.
Correctional officers and bailiffs typically need a high school diploma to enter their occupation. They typically go to a training academy and then are assigned to a facility, where they receive on-the-job training. Although qualifications vary by state and agency, many agencies have an age requirement for correctional officers. Some federal agencies also require officers to have a bachelor’s degree or related work experience.
The median annual wage for bailiffs was $49,100 in May 2022.
The median annual wage for correctional officers and jailers was $49,610 in May 2022.
Overall employment of correctional officers and bailiffs is projected to decline 7 percent from 2022 to 2032.
Despite declining employment, about 30,900 openings for correctional officers and bailiffs are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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