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Occupational Employment Statistics


33-3012 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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 440107$29.55/hr$24.74/hr$25.29/hr$29.18/hr$32.54/hr$34.52/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration4,740$29.18/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 110$31.82/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 130$26.70/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$26.62/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 170$26.70/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$30.16/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 240$26.70/hr-4.3%
Northeast Balance of State 260$27.54/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 400$28.61/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 400$25.24/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 440$29.18/hr-5.9%
Northwest Minnesota 500$25.23/hr-5.0%
Southeast Balance of State 720$27.54/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 850$28.61/hr-5.6%
Central Minnesota 1,000$31.68/hr-2.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,720$31.79/hr-8.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,420$31.79/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,750$29.18/hr-6.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers 550$42.36/hr-0.7%
Police and Sheriff?s Patrol Officers 9,200$41.21/hr5.9%
Transit and Railroad Police N/AN/AN/A

  • Inspect mail for the presence of contraband.
  • Monitor conduct of prisoners in housing unit, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence.
  • Assign duties to inmates, providing instructions as needed.
  • Inspect conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.
  • Counsel inmates and respond to legitimate questions, concerns, and requests.
  • Serve meals, distribute commissary items, and dispense prescribed medication to prisoners.
  • Arrange daily schedules for prisoners, including library visits, work assignments, family visits, and counseling appointments.
  • Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.
  • Sponsor inmate recreational activities, such as newspapers and self-help groups.
  • Provide to supervisors oral and written reports of the quality and quantity of work performed by inmates, inmate disturbances and rule violations, and unusual occurrences.