Jail Guard Career

*A job as a Jail Guard falls under the broader career category of Correctional Officers and Jailers. The information on this page will generally apply to all careers in this category. We are still seeking more specific information about this career from experts in this field. If you can provide us with more information, .

Job Description for Correctional Officers and Jailers : Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.


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Correctional Officers and Jailer Career

Salary Info

Median Annual Wage

$44,350

Median Hourly Wage

$21.32*

Total Employed Nationally

432,680


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2013 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.