First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
SOC: 33-1011.00


Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
47,600 employed

Projected (2024):
49,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Captain
  • Chief Jailer
  • City Jailer
  • Correction Lieutenant
  • Correction Officer Supervisor
  • Correction Warden
  • Correctional Case Manager
  • Correctional Case Records Supervisor
  • Correctional Corporal
  • Correctional Lieutenant
  • Correctional Officer Captain
  • Correctional Officer Chief
  • Correctional Officer Lieutenant
  • Correctional Officer Sergeant
  • Correctional Sergeant
  • Correctional Sergeant and Use of Force Coordinator
  • Correctional Supervisor
  • Correctional Supervisor, Lieutenant
  • Corrections Emergency Response Team Sergeant (CERT Sergeant)
  • Corrections Lieutenant Segregation, Food Service Security, Critical Incident Management Supervisor
  • Corrections Sergeant
  • Corrections Unit Supervisor
  • Detention Sergeant
  • Guard Chief
  • Guard Supervisor
  • Head Correction Officer
  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant, Shift Supervisor
  • Operational Review Sergeant
  • Operations Lieutenant
  • Prison Guard Supervisor
  • Prison Keeper
  • Prison Officer
  • Second Watch Sergeant
  • Security, Shift Supervisor
  • Sergeant
  • Sergeant of Corrections
  • Sergeant of Officers
  • Sergeant, Investigator, Hearing Coordinator
  • Shift Commander
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Superintendent
  • Third Shift Lieutenant
  • Unit Manager
  • Ward Supervisor

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Take, receive, or check periodic inmate counts.
  • Maintain order, discipline, and security within assigned areas in accordance with relevant rules, regulations, policies, and laws.
  • Respond to emergencies, such as escapes.
  • Maintain knowledge of, comply with, and enforce all institutional policies, rules, procedures, and regulations.
  • Supervise and direct the work of correctional officers to ensure the safe custody, discipline, and welfare of inmates.
  • Restrain, secure, or control offenders, using chemical agents, firearms, or other weapons of force as necessary.
  • Supervise or perform searches of inmates or their quarters to locate contraband items.
  • Monitor behavior of subordinates to ensure alert, courteous, and professional behavior toward inmates, parolees, fellow employees, visitors, and the public.
  • Complete administrative paperwork or supervise the preparation or maintenance of records, forms, or reports.
  • Instruct employees or provide on-the-job training.
  • Conduct roll calls of correctional officers.
  • Supervise activities such as searches, shakedowns, riot control, or institutional tours.
  • Carry injured offenders or employees to safety and provide emergency first aid when necessary.
  • Supervise or provide security for offenders performing tasks, such as construction, maintenance, laundry, food service, or other industrial or agricultural operations.
  • Develop work or security procedures.
  • Set up employee work schedules.
  • Resolve problems between inmates.
  • Rate behavior of inmates, promoting acceptable attitudes and behaviors to those with low ratings.
  • Transfer or transport offenders on foot or by driving vehicles, such as trailers, vans, or buses.
  • Examine incoming or outgoing mail to ensure conformance with regulations.
  • Convey correctional officers' or inmates' complaints to superiors.
  • Review offender information to identify issues that require special attention.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air-supplying respirators
  • Closed circuit television CCTV surveillance systems
  • Cut resistant gloves
  • Data collectors
  • Desktop computers
  • Electroshock weapons
  • Emergency fire extinguishers
  • Expandable batons
  • Fire detection systems
  • Fire suppression blankets
  • Handheld metal detectors
  • Laptop computers
  • Law enforcement flashlights
  • Law enforcement handguns
  • Lower body armor
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Mobile radios
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multipurpose knives
  • Passenger vehicles
  • Personal computers
  • Prisoner transport belts
  • Prisoner transport vans
  • Protective gas masks
  • Radio frequency identification RFID devices
  • Riot protection helmets
  • Security system control panels
  • Stab proof vests
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Tablet computers
  • Tactical riot shields
  • Upper body armor
  • Walk-through metal detectors
  • 3M Electronic Monitoring software
  • Email software
  • Guardian RFID Correction System software
  • Jail management software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Word

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610