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Convict Guards - Wages & Trends

Wages for corrections officers who are state or local government employees vary widely from state to state. In general, officers who have experience and education earn more. Wages are somewhat higher for corrections officers who work in federal prisons. Most corrections officers earn a higher hourly rate for overtime. The wages given do not include overtime pay.

Full-time corrections officers usually earn benefits. These include paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and a retirement plan. In addition, officers are often provided with uniforms or a clothing allowance. Corrections officers can usually retire at age 50 if they have 20 years of service. If they have 25 years of service, they can retire regardless of their age.

Correctional officers and jailers (SOC 33-3012)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $25.48 $28.44 $32.14
Yearly $53,000 $59,149 $66,858
    Champaign Area Hourly $20.31 $23.34 $26.82
Yearly $42,244 $48,547 $55,786
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $24.59 $27.42 $31.19
Yearly $51,150 $57,035 $64,872
    Cook County Hourly $28.31 $32.69 $37.37
Yearly $58,880 $67,999 $77,740
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $28.35 $35.82 $42.94
Yearly $58,962 $74,513 $89,322
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $21.95 $27.94 $31.93
Yearly $45,646 $58,106 $66,424
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $24.60 $27.43 $31.63
Yearly $51,160 $57,050 $65,783
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $24.59 $26.50 $31.70
Yearly $51,150 $55,116 $65,926
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $24.59 $27.42 $31.47
Yearly $51,156 $57,036 $65,464
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $24.25 $26.50 $31.19
Yearly $50,449 $55,119 $64,869
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $23.27 $25.49 $30.74
Yearly $48,401 $53,010 $63,929
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $23.72 $25.49 $31.18
Yearly $49,339 $53,017 $64,862
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $24.59 $26.78 $31.19
Yearly $51,151 $55,699 $64,875
    Rockford Area Hourly $22.42 $26.26 $29.86
Yearly $46,624 $54,619 $62,101
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $25.48 $31.18 $31.78
Yearly $53,008 $64,859 $66,092
    Springfield Area Hourly $23.73 $26.50 $31.19
Yearly $49,355 $55,120 $64,867
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $24.60 $27.43 $31.70
Yearly $51,167 $57,045 $65,934
United States Hourly $18.24 $22.79 $30.43
Yearly $37,950 $47,410 $63,290

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.