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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures.

Salary Breakdown

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Average

$38,040

ANNUAL

$18.29

HOURLY

Entry Level

$31,810

ANNUAL

$15.29

HOURLY

Mid Level

$34,920

ANNUAL

$16.79

HOURLY

Expert Level

$50,590

ANNUAL

$24.32

HOURLY


Projected Jobs

Correctional Officers and Jailers

7,580

Projected job openings through 2028


Sample Career Roadmap

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Job Titles

Entry Level

JOB TITLE

Trainee for a Federal Prison

Mid Level

JOB TITLE

Correctional Officer

Expert Level

JOB TITLE

Sergeant


Top Expected Tasks

Correctional Officers and Jailers


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.

KNOWLEDGE

Public Safety and Security

KNOWLEDGE

Law and Government

KNOWLEDGE

English Language

KNOWLEDGE

Clerical

KNOWLEDGE

Administration and Management

SKILL

Speaking

SKILL

Social Perceptiveness

SKILL

Active Listening

SKILL

Monitoring

SKILL

Critical Thinking

ABILITY

Problem Sensitivity

ABILITY

Speech Clarity

ABILITY

Oral Comprehension

ABILITY

Oral Expression

ABILITY

Speech Recognition


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