Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

33-3012 Correctional Officers and Jailers

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Include deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
416,490 0.8 % $17.38 $36,160 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.93 $12.85 $16.19 $21.32 $26.45
Annual Wage (2) $22,740 $26,730 $33,680 $44,340 $55,010

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 241,390 $17.69 $36,800
Local government (OES designation) 145,040 $16.98 $35,310
Facilities support services 14,240 $12.71 $26,440
Federal government (OES designation) 13,820 $21.46 $44,640
Other residential care facilities 550 $10.20 $21,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 13,820 $21.46 $44,640
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals (7) $19.53 $40,630
State government (OES designation) 241,390 $17.69 $36,800
Local government (OES designation) 145,040 $16.98 $35,310
Facilities support services 14,240 $12.71 $26,440

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Louisiana 9,530 $11.96 $24,880 0.511%
Texas 45,780 $13.68 $28,450 0.492%
New York 37,170 $22.87 $47,570 0.448%
Georgia 17,210 $12.73 $26,480 0.447%
Mississippi 4,770 $10.68 $22,220 0.433%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 34,320 $25.77 $53,590 0.235%
New Jersey 13,150 $25.17 $52,350 0.337%
Massachusetts 6,010 $24.15 $50,230 0.192%
New York 37,170 $22.87 $47,570 0.448%
Connecticut 4,230 $21.90 $45,550 0.258%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 770 $18.35 $38,180 2.080%
Abilene, TX MSA 1,030 $13.53 $28,140 1.870%
Killeen-Temple, TX MSA 1,920 $13.75 $28,600 1.848%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 710 $16.48 $34,270 1.813%
Jackson, MI MSA 1,020 $19.63 $40,840 1.709%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,110 $27.72 $57,650 0.117%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 1,610 $26.93 $56,020 0.730%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 2,430 $26.40 $54,900 0.390%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA (7) $25.67 $53,380 (7)
Newark, NJ PMSA 1,900 $25.32 $52,670 0.196%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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