Correctional officers and jailers

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2019 Workforce
383k
Average Age
39.7
Estimated Job Growth
−7.49%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$51,624
Average Male Salary
$54,858
Average Female Salary
$43,621

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 Investigation & security services. Correctional officers and jailers are paid most in Sacramento City (Northwest/Natomas) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Deep East Texas COG (West) & Walker County PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,624
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,160

In 2019, Correctional officers and jailers earned an average of $51,624, $3,900 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers make somewhat more than Correctional officers and jailers while Other education, training, & library workers 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

0.274
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Correctional officers and jailers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.274, 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

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 Investigation & security services, Executive offices & legislative bodies, and Other administrative & other support services.

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Industries by Share

383k
2019 Workforce
± 15,172
1.19%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.55%

The number of people employed as Correctional officers and jailers has been growing at a rate of 1.19%, from 378,343 people in 2018 to 382,855 people in 2019.

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  95.9%, followed by Executive offices & legislative bodies with 0.991% and National security & international affairs with 0.649%.

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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 39.8 and of female Correctional officers and jailers is 39.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Correctional officers and jailers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

273k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 12,809
110k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,147

71.2% 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)

56.9% of Correctional officers and jailers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 24.9% 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

39.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.577
39.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.9

The median age of Correctional officers and jailers is 39.7, and Male employees are generally 0.577 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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