Correctional officers and jailers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
382k
Average Age
39.5
Estimated Job Growth
−7.49%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$52,133
Average Male Salary
$54,679
Average Female Salary
$45,554

About

Correctional officers and jailers are most often employed by the Justice, public order, & safety activities  industry. The average yearly wage for Correctional officers and jailers was $52,133 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Correctional officers and jailers by wage are Biological technicians, Postal service clerks, and Postal service mail carriers.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Correctional officers and jailers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Correctional officers and jailers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Correctional officers and jailers, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Correctional officers and jailers are paid most in Morris Heights, Fordham South & Mount Hope PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Deep East Texas COG (West) & Walker County PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$52,133
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,243

In 2020, Correctional officers and jailers earned an average of $52,133, $3,821 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Biological technicians make somewhat more than Correctional officers and jailers while Postal service clerks make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Correctional officers and jailers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.28
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Correctional officers and jailers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.28, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Correctional officers and jailers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Correctional officers and jailers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Correctional officers and jailers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

382k
2020 Workforce
± 15,161
−0.142%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.61%

The number of people employed as Correctional officers and jailers has been declining at a rate of −0.142%, from 382,845 people in 2019 to 382,300 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Correctional officers and jailers employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Correctional officers and jailers at  96.6%, followed by Executive offices & legislative bodies with 1.03% and National security & international affairs with 0.71%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Correctional officers and jailers in the US. The average age of male Correctional officers and jailers in the workforce is 39.5 and of female Correctional officers and jailers is 39.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Correctional officers and jailers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

276k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 12,877
107k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,016

72.1% of Correctional officers and jailers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Correctional officers and jailers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Correctional officers and jailers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

56.2% of Correctional officers and jailers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 23.5% of Correctional officers and jailers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Correctional officers and jailers.

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Age by Sex

39.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.574
39.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.927

The median age of Correctional officers and jailers is 39.5, and Male employees are generally 0.122 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Correctional officers and jailers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Correctional officers and jailers is Protective Services but a relatively high number of Correctional officers and jailers hold a major in Protective Services.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Correctional Officers and Jailers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Correctional Officers and Jailers are expected to see a growth of −7.49% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−7.49%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Correctional Officers and Jailers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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