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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 76032$22.95/hr$17.46/hr$19.73/hr$22.37/hr$25.23/hr$29.90/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Public Administration4,770$25.10/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -10-
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$22.62/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 80$22.87/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$23.91/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 130$27.58/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$22.87/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$26.00/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 230$25.32/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 280$23.81/hr-12.6%
Northwest Balance of State 330$22.42/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 390$25.00/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 420$26.00/hr-0.8%
Northeast Minnesota 430$25.37/hr-10.6%
Southeast Balance of State 760$24.68/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 760$22.37/hr-5.9%
Southeast Minnesota 860$24.75/hr-5.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,770$26.24/hr-7.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,560$25.78/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,770$25.10/hrN/A

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 9,450$34.84/hr7.6%
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers 440$39.49/hr-6.1%
Transit and Railroad Police N/AN/AN/A

  • 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.
  • Conduct fire, safety, and sanitation inspections.
  • 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.
  • Record information, such as prisoner identification, charges, and incidences of inmate disturbance, and keep daily logs of prisoner activities.
  • Conduct head counts to ensure that each prisoner is present.
  • Use nondisciplinary tools and equipment, such as a computer.