Juvenile probation officers help youths younger than 18 adjust to society once they've been released from correctional facilities, although some receive probation sentences right away. Juvenile probation officers evaluate young offenders, determine the best treatments for them, including counseling programs, and track their progress. If you want to become a juvenile probation officer, a master's degree can put you in a better position to get a management position once you have experience, according to Portland State University. Your salary will vary depending on the state or district in which you work.
Salary at $40,000
The average annual salary for a juvenile probation officer with a master's degree was $40,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Simply Hired. The minimum educational requirement for this job is typically a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social work or psychology. You must also pass a physical and psychological exam to determine whether your personality fits the job. All probation officers are usually trained on the job for a short period, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, which can last several weeks to a month. Other essential requirements are emotional stability and communication, organizational, writing, critical-thinking and decision-making skills.
Top Pay in D.C.
Average salaries for juvenile probation officers with master's degrees varied the most in the South region in 2013, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the most in Washington, D.C., and the least in Mississippi -- $63,000 and $31,000, respectively. If you worked as a juvenile probation officer with a master's degree in South Dakota or Minnesota, you'd earn an average of $31,000 or $43,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the Midwest. In the Northeast, you'd make $36,000 to $49,000 in Maine or Massachusetts, respectively. These probation officers earned $32,000 in Montana and $45,000 in both Alaska and California, which were the lowest and top salaries in the West.
Earn Less Than Probation Officers
While juvenile probation officers with master's degrees earned average salaries of $40,000 in 2013, Simply Hired didn't report salaries for those with bachelor's degrees. In comparison, average salaries for all probation officers were $52,380 per year as of May 2012, according to the BLS. Probation officers who worked for local government agencies, such as city police forces, earned $53,110. Those at psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals averaged $49,580 annually.
Average Job Growth
The BLS estimates an 18 percent increase in employment for all probation officers and correction treatment specialists, including juvenile probation officers, from 2010 to 2020, which is statistically approximately average. Because of overcrowding in prisons and correctional institutes, more offenders are receiving reduced sentences or probation, which should increase jobs for all probation officers, including those who work with juveniles. You will find that job opportunities are often contingent upon government budgets, which are typically higher during strong economies.