What Are Some Pros to Working in a Prison?


Working in a prison can be a stressful and sometimes even hazardous position. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that prisons have the highest number of nonfatal injuries on the job of any profession. Nevertheless, there are more than 1 million corrections officers, bailiffs and jailers in the United States and that number is only expected to rise. Working in a prison does have its own unique set of benefits worth considering.

Entry-Level Pay

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average corrections officer made about $39,980 per year in 2008. The highest-paid 10 percent of workers in corrections makes more than $64,000, including managers and supervisors. Different factors like job site, experience, education level and level of responsibilities can affect what a candidate is worth.

Job Market

  • The BLS reports that job opportunities in American prisons are favorable and are only expected to get better. There is expected to be a 9 percent increase in the number of corrections officers between 2008 and 2018. Candidates training for jobs in corrections and law enforcement are likely to be able to find employment in this field with the right qualifications and experience.


  • While job benefits are not uniform across various prisons, prison jobs are generally regarded to have generous benefits. For example, Wyoming state prisons offer a generous employer-paid retirement fund, paid vacations, paid holidays, sick leave and insurance that is 85 percent paid by the employer. The Georgia Department of Corrections offers health savings accounts, a credit union and even legal insurance. Check out the benefits specific to your state when applying for a corrections job.

Education Level

  • Unlike some other professions with such an attractive salary and benefits at the entry-level, corrections jobs don't require a lot of education. As with most jobs, an undergraduate degree is preferred, but a high school diploma, some college credits, job experience in corrections or a related field or some combination of those can make even a non-degreed candidate stand out amongst other applicants.

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