Correctional Officers and Jailers

risk level
Based on 158 votes
-10.3 %
by year 2032
or $23.85 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

42% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

User poll

38% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 42% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Correctional Officers and Jailers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Correctional Officers and Jailers' job openings is expected to decline 10.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Correctional Officers and Jailers' was $49,610, or $23 per hour

'Correctional Officers and Jailers' were paid 7.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 363,250 people employed as 'Correctional Officers and Jailers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.25% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 407 people are employed as 'Correctional Officers and Jailers'.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 33-3012.00


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Scorps (Highly likely) says
The reason highly likely is A.I is around the clock, doesn't need breaks doesn't need time off for family or sick days 24/7 7days a week it's like everything moving into a new world order changes is coming if we like it or not
Jul 28, 2023 at 07:03 AM
i don't think it's likely to be automated since the rehabilitation of offenders depends heavily on the person to person contact
May 04, 2021 at 12:33 PM
Roger says
Good luck getting the inmates off the yard with a robot. Good luck with inmate stripping your parts for weapons and other use for contraband. Good luck a robot knowing what type use a force a human flesh. I can see prisons operated entirely by a both operators but even then can a robot do a cell extraction of a uncooperative inmate? How about the functions of different custody levels?
Oct 15, 2020 at 02:25 PM
Douglas (Highly likely) says
I work in corrections and we are basically turn keys an social workers. Offenders are already contained so automation seems highly probable.
Jun 27, 2020 at 10:45 PM

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