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Supervisors of Correctional Officers

Supervisors of correctional officers oversee and coordinate the activities of correctional officers and jailers. They maintain security and inmate accountability in order to prevent assaults, escapes and disturbances. They ensure the rules and regulations are enforced. Correctional officer supervisors also make sure that correctional officers monitor the inmates' activities and oversee the inmates' work assignments.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain order, discipline and security in assigned areas
  • Enforce institutional policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Perform and check periodic inmate counts
  • Oversee correctional officers
  • Instruct employees and provide on-the-job training
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Supervise and perform searches on inmates and their living quarters to locate contraband items
  • Monitor the behavior of subordinates to ensure they are behaving properly
  • Complete administrative paperwork and supervise the preparation and maintenance of reports, records and forms

Job Characteristics

Supervisors of correctional officers usually have to meet standards of physical fitness, hearing and eyesight. Many jurisdictions utilize standard tests in order to determine if candidates are suitable to work in a correctional setting. Good judgement and the ability to think and act quickly are very important for the occupation.

Working in correctional institutions can be stressful and hazardous. Correctional officer supervisors are at risk for injuries. Some correctional facilities are well lit, well ventilated and temperature-controlled, whereas other correctional institutions are hot, noisy and overcrowded.

Employment Outlook

Employment growth for first-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be 9 percent from 2008 to 2018 which is as fast as the average for all occupations. An increase in demand for correctional officers and correctional officer supervisors will occur due to population growth and rising rates of incarceration.

The median annual earnings for first-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers in 2008 was $57,380. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $86,970.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Correctional officer supervisors typically receive most of their training on the job. All agencies require correctional officer supervisors to have a high school diploma and some agencies require some college coursework or related work experience. Most correctional officer supervisors began their careers as correctional officers.

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Major Employers

The primary employers are state and local governments in correctional institutions including prisons, youth correctional facilities and prison camps. The Federal government also employs supervisors of correctional officers.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Supervisors Of Correctional Officers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Supervisors Of Correctional Officers jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 90 $57,220
Hoover 60 $58,010
Birmingham 60 $58,010
Huntsville 30 $51,530
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 930 $54,620
Scottsdale 930 $54,620
Mesa 930 $54,620
Tucson 200 $50,140
Yuma 120 $49,010
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pine Bluff 70 $51,570
Conway 60 $42,860
North Little Rock 60 $42,860
Little Rock 60 $42,860
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ontario 640 $93,700
Riverside 640 $93,700
San Bernardino 640 $93,700
Bakersfield 530 $93,640
San Diego 240 $95,780
Carlsbad 240 $95,780
Fresno 180 $92,770
Oakland 180 $94,920
Hayward 180 $94,920
San Francisco 180 $94,920
Anaheim 160 $92,790
Los Angeles 160 $92,790
Long Beach 160 $92,790
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 140 $76,440
Aurora 140 $76,440
Denver 140 $76,440
Pueblo 70 $65,180
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 340 $82,430
Fort Lauderdale 340 $82,430
West Palm Beach 340 $82,430
Tallahassee 120 $55,480
Pensacola 100 $51,710
Ferry Pass 100 $51,710
Brent 100 $51,710
Jacksonville 100 $70,820
The Villages 80 $67,160
Clearwater 80 $82,640
St. Petersburg 80 $82,640
Tampa 80 $82,640
Bradenton 50 $83,690
Sarasota 50 $83,690
North Port 50 $83,690
Panama City 40 $47,520
Destin 40 $47,630
Fort Walton Beach 40 $47,630
Crestview 40 $47,630
Daytona Beach 40 $61,420
Ormond Beach 40 $61,420
Deltona 40 $61,420
Gainesville 30 $49,210
Kissimmee -2222 $58,390
Sanford -2222 $58,390
Orlando -2222 $58,390
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Macon 60 $43,520
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 190 $49,530
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Danville 50 $80,650
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 440 $38,170
Carmel 440 $38,170
Indianapolis 440 $38,170
Terre Haute 130 $40,960
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 30 $67,050
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 50 $46,470
Topeka 50 $49,050
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 80 $56,030
Lexington 80 $56,030
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 570 $54,440
Metairie 130 $45,470
New Orleans 130 $45,470
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 50 $46,200
Portland 50 $46,200
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1220 $57,010
Columbia 1220 $57,010
Baltimore 1220 $57,010
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 140 $61,690
Dearborn 140 $61,690
Warren 140 $61,690
Wyoming 60 $61,680
Grand Rapids 60 $61,680
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 130 $39,910
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 80 $46,130
Springfield 60 $51,680
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 140 $47,950
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 180 $102,860
Henderson 180 $102,860
Las Vegas 180 $102,860
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeton 110 $104,510
Vineland 110 $104,510
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 180 $49,080
Santa Fe 60 $52,700
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 240 $78,890
Cheektowaga 160 $83,180
Buffalo 160 $83,180
Niagara Falls 160 $83,180
Rome 160 $84,470
Utica 160 $84,470
Schenectady 150 $75,360
Troy 150 $75,360
Albany 150 $75,360
Elmira 90 $79,370
Glens Falls 80 $84,250
Syracuse 70 $57,870
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 130 $43,000
Morganton 60 $40,080
Hickory 60 $40,080
Lenoir 60 $40,080
Fayetteville 40 $53,680
Durham 40 $67,860
Chapel Hill 40 $67,860
New Bern 30 $40,360
Wilmington 30 $46,250
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 70 $53,450
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 100 $70,490
Elyria 90 $60,120
Cleveland 90 $60,120
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 140 $53,580
Tulsa 50 $43,500
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 80 $78,040
Harrisburg 80 $80,730
Carlisle 80 $80,730
Scranton 70 $79,410
Wilkes 70 $79,410
Hazleton 70 $79,410
Barre 70 $79,410
Erie 40 $78,020
Reading 30 $69,010
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 140 $40,280
Anderson 140 $40,280
Greenville 140 $40,280
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 250 $46,950
Nashville 250 $46,950
Murfreesboro 250 $46,950
Davidson 250 $46,950
Knoxville 110 $52,810
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 500 $46,090
Houston 500 $46,090
The Woodlands 500 $46,090
Arlington 310 $57,280
Fort Worth 310 $57,280
Dallas 310 $57,280
Temple 230 $46,090
Killeen 230 $46,090
Beaumont 160 $48,380
Port Arthur 160 $48,380
New Braunfels 120 $48,370
San Antonio 120 $48,370
Abilene 80 $46,090
Waco 70 $48,900
Mission 60 $48,370
McAllen 60 $48,370
Edinburg 60 $48,370
College Station 40 $48,370
Bryan 40 $48,370
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 170 $64,550
Clearfield 50 $62,680
Ogden 50 $62,680
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 530 $48,800
Charlottesville 160 $45,340
Roanoke 50 $55,730
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 340 $69,610
Seattle 340 $69,610
Tacoma 340 $69,610
Kennewick 90 $52,210
Richland 90 $52,210
Spokane Valley 70 $59,400
Spokane 70 $59,400
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 140 $63,920
Waukesha 140 $63,920
Milwaukee 140 $63,920
Madison 80 $64,490
Eau Claire 40 $62,640

Most Popular Industries for :
Supervisors Of Correctional Officers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 39,420 96% $57,820
Office Services And Staffing 1,260 3% $40,380
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