Correctional officers and jailers

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Total Workforce
378k
Average Age
38.9
Average Salary
$50,796
Average Male Salary
$52,830
Average Female Salary
$45,502

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 $50,796 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Correctional officers and jailers by wage are Biological technicians, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, and Postal service clerks.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Correctional officers and jailers are Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (Southeast) PUMA, GA, Apalachee Region (Outside Leon County) PUMA, FL, and Lawton City PUMA, OK. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Correctional officers and jailers are Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (Southeast) PUMA, GA, Lawton City PUMA, OK, and Clay, Sullivan, Parke, Fountain, Vermillion & Warren Counties PUMA, IN.

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 National security & international affairs. Correctional officers and jailers are paid most in Sacramento City (Northwest/Natomas) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission (Southeast) PUMA, GA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,796
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,489

In 2018, Correctional officers and jailers earned an average of $50,796, $3,092 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Biological technicians make somewhat more than Correctional officers and jailers while Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers 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

0.283
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Correctional officers and jailers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.283, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Correctional officers and jailers, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Executive offices & legislative bodies, and National security & international affairs.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Correctional officers and jailers, by average wage, are National security & international affairs, Executive offices & legislative bodies, and Justice, public order, & safety activities .

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Industries by Share

378k
2018 Workforce
± 15,082

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  96.3%, followed by Executive offices & legislative bodies with 1.36% and National security & international affairs with 0.721%.

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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 and of female Correctional officers and jailers is 38.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Correctional officers and jailers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

273k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 12,824
105k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,953

72.2% of Correctional officers and jailers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

55.8% of Correctional officers and jailers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 23.9% 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 Gender

39
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.576
38.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.93

The median age of Correctional officers and jailers is 38.9, and Male employees are generally 0.368 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.

Majors

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