Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
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Overview
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 8,300 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are less likely to be automated than 68% of other careers.
Workforce size
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, with 91,300 workers, form a larger workforce than 63% of careers.
Education
About 78% of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More probation officers and correctional treatment specialists have bachelor's degrees than 85% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is higher than 56% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most probation officers and correctional treatment specialists.
This job's median $53KAll jobs' median $39K$53K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 53% of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists -- that's a larger percentage than 67% of other jobs.
Gender of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, the median men's salary was 1% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 29% of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are minority, and 6% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (6%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 69% of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and 84% have company-sponsored health insurance (13% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 77% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (90%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (81%)
  • Time Pressure (72%)
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People (65%)
  • Consequence of Error (40%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (39%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (38%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do probation officers and correctional treatment specialists earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (ACS)
Private for-profit (1.2%)
Private not-for-profit (0.4%)
Local government (47.6%)
State government (43.2%)
Federal government (7.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.0%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.0%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists and gender

With 53% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 67% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
Men (47%)
Women (53%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is better for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, with the median salary for men only 1.4% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 92% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority probation officers and correctional treatment specialists than for 86% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
White (68% )
Black (23% )
Other (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
Asian (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists by nativity
$48K$50K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), probation officers and correctional treatment specialists typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists.

Education attained by probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

A bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice, behavioral sciences, or a related field is usually required. Requirements vary by jurisdiction.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists? Below we see the distribution of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$50K$39K$39K$42K$50K$55K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (1%)High School (6%)Some College (10%)Associate's Degree (5%)Bachelor's Degree (60%)Master's Degree (17%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
10.6%
$0$200K$53K
7.0%
$0$200K$54K
4.5%
$0$200K$48K
3.7%
$0$200K$51K
1.6%
$0$200K$60K
1.5%
$0$200K$63K
1.1%
$0$200K$51K
0.9%
$0$200K$56K
0.8%
$0$200K$55K
0.8%
$0$200K$50K
0.8%
$0$200K$63K
0.7%
$0$200K$60K
0.6%
$0$200K$64K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by probation officers and correctional treatment specialists given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Police officersManagers (specialized areas)Social workersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersLawyers, judges, and magistratesDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesElementary and middle school teachersCounselorsPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersPhysicians and surgeonsHuman resources workersEducation administratorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsSocial and community service managersTherapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersRegistered nursesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersManagement analystsSecondary school teachersRetail salespersonsSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Criminal Justice and FireProtectionPsychologySociologySocial WorkCriminologyBusiness Management andAdministrationPolitical Science andGovernmentHistoryGeneral BusinessGeneral EducationAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

What jobs will most probation officers and correctional treatment specialists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialistsBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersPolice officersFirst-Line Supervisors of Correctional OfficersCounselorsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 3 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists as well as 1% of respondents after working as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Police officers
49,900
$0$200K$62K
Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers
32,700
$0$200K$44K
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
2,500
$0$200K$54K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.5%
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
1.3%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
2.3%
Police officers
49,900
$0$200K$62K
2.4%
Education administrators
45,800
$0$200K$68K
1.3%
Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers
32,700
$0$200K$44K
4.0%
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
1.2%
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
8,300
$0$200K$48K
66.7%
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
2,500
$0$200K$54K
1.0%
No occupation
3.4%
Read about probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists typically do the following:

  • Interview with probationers and parolees, their friends, and their relatives in an office or at a residence to assess progress
  • Evaluate probationers and parolees to determine the best course of rehabilitation
  • Provide probationers and parolees with resources, such as job training
  • Test offenders for drugs and offer substance abuse counseling
  • Complete prehearing investigations and testify in court regarding offender’s backgrounds
  • Write reports and maintain case files on offenders

The following are examples of types of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists:

Probation officers, who are sometimes referred to as community supervision officers, supervise people who have been placed on probation instead of sent to prison. They work to ensure that the probationer is not a danger to the community and to help in their rehabilitation through frequent visits with the probationer. Probation officers write reports that detail each probationer’s treatment plan and their progress since being put on probation. Most work exclusively with either adults or juveniles.

Parole officers work with people who have been released from prison and are serving parole, helping them re-enter society. Parole officers monitor post-release parolees and provide them with information on various resources, such as substance abuse counseling or job training, to aid in their rehabilitation. By doing so, the officers try to change the parolee’s behavior and thus reduce the risk of that person committing another crime and having to return to prison.

Both probation and parole officers supervise probationers and parolees through personal contact with them and their families (also known as community supervision). Probation and parole officers require regularly scheduled contact with parolees and probationers by telephone or through office visits, and they also check on them at their homes or places of work. When making home visits, probation and parole officers take into account the safety of the neighborhood in which the probationers and parolees live and any mental health considerations that may be pertinent. Probation and parole officers also oversee drug testing and electronic monitoring of those under supervision. In some states, workers perform the duties of both probation and parole officers.

Pretrial services officers investigate a pretrial defendant’s background to determine if the defendant can be safely allowed back into the community before his or her trial date. Officers must assess the risk and make a recommendation to a judge, who decides on the appropriate sentencing (in settled cases with no trial) or bond amount. When pretrial defendants are allowed back into the community, pretrial officers supervise them to make sure that they stay within the terms of their release and appear at their trials.

Correctional treatment specialists, also known as case managers or correctional counselors, advise probationers and parolees and develop rehabilitation plans for them to follow. They may evaluate inmates using questionnaires and psychological tests. They also work with inmates, parole officers, and staff of other agencies to develop parole and release plans. For example, they may plan education and training programs to improve probationers’ job skills.

Correctional treatment specialists write case reports that cover the inmate’s history and the likelihood that he or she will commit another crime. When inmates are eligible for release, the case reports are given to the appropriate parole board. The specialist may help set up counseling for the parolees and their families, find substance abuse or mental health treatment options, aid in job placement, and find housing. Correctional treatment specialists also explain the terms and conditions of the prisoner’s release and keep detailed written accounts of each parolee’s progress.

The number of cases a probation officer or correctional treatment specialist handles at one time depends on the needs of individuals under supervision and the risks associated with each individual. Higher risk probationers usually command more of an officer’s time and resources. Caseload size also varies by agency.

Improved tests for drug screening and electronic devices to monitor clients help probation officers and correctional treatment specialists supervise and counsel probationers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must be able to effectively interact with probationers, probationers’ family members, <a href="/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm">lawyers</a>, <a href="/ooh/legal/judges-and-hearing-officers.htm">judges</a>, treatment providers, and law enforcement.
Critical-thinking skills
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must be able to assess the needs of individual probationers before determining the best resources for helping them.
Decisionmaking skills
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must consider the best rehabilitation plan for offenders.
Emotional stability
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists cope with hostile individuals or otherwise upsetting circumstances on the job.
Organizational skills
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists manage multiple cases at the same time.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists was higher than 56% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are anticipated to grow by 6% over the next decade; 57% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Actual measured employment
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Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most probation officers and correctional treatment specialists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where probation officers and correctional treatment specialists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which probation officers and correctional treatment specialists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

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