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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  116$27.76/hr$22.57/hr$23.73/hr$26.98/hr$30.94/hr$33.48/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/A$27.12/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A$28.48/hr-8.3%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/A$27.57/hr-2.6%
Northeast Minnesota N/A$26.98/hr-5.9%
Southeast Minnesota N/A$26.98/hr-5.6%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$27.24/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 210$28.79/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$23.04/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 310$25.94/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 360$23.49/hr-4.3%
Southwest Balance of State 380$22.63/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 410$27.51/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 450$24.28/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 570$23.81/hr-5.0%
Southeast Balance of State 750$26.71/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,360$28.48/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,050$26.98/hr-6.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers 700$40.41/hr-0.7%
Police and Sheriff?s Patrol Officers 9,020$39.55/hr5.9%
Bailiffs 70$24.32/hr1.4%

  • 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.