As of May 2014, the median salary for a probation officer was $49,060, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Twenty-five percent of probation officers earned at or below $38,220, while the top 25 percent earned $65,320 or more per year.
The "mean" annual wage for probation officers was $53,360 per year. State government was the largest employment sector for officers. Average annual pay in this sector was $53,010. At the local government level, pay was $54,770 per year. California was the top-paying state for probation officers at $78,060 annually, followed by Connecticut at $76,420 per year.