Correctional officer

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What does a Correctional Officer do?

Correctional officers are law enforcement professionals who serve in state prisons, local jails and federal reformatories making certain prisoners are safe. They help to maintain law and order in the prisons by stopping fierce hostilities and also helping to rehabilitate prisoners.

Working as a Correctional Officer

The operations of correctional officers may involve the following:

  • Conducting searches in the cell and for inmates
  • Keeping proper record of the behaviors of inmates and any unusual happenings in the prison
  • Making sure prisoners don't escape
  • Carrying out inspection duties in all aspects of the facility
  • Ensuring the protection of other correctional officers from assaults by prisoners
  • Prevent conflicts between inmates

How much does a Correctional Officer make in the United States?

Average base salary
4.6k salaries reported, updated at Aug 01, 2020
per year
The average salary for a correctional officer with 2 to 3 years of experience, Bachelor Degree, and 3 selected qualifications is $38,102 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Military leave
  • Credit union membership
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Correctional Officer

Is being a correctional officer dangerous?

Correctional officers need to be aware of risks such as injury caused by angry or unruly inmates, exposure to serious infectious diseases and common workplace risks such as slip and fall accidents.

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How is a correctional officer different from a police officer?

Though both correctional officers and police officers are uniformed officials, correctional officers work with prisons and jails to monitor inmates, while police officers monitor their local areas, respond to traffic incidents and investigate and make arrests for crimes.

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