Jail Guard Career

Job Description: 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.

*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, .

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Jail Guard Career

Salary Info

We do not have salary data for this specific career but we can provide average wages for all careers in the category of Correctional Officers and Jailers

Median Annual Wage

$42,780

Median Hourly Wage

$20.57*

Total Employed Nationally

457,550


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 wage data and 2008-2018 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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