February 14, 2012 Pennsylvania, PA – There was an article posted today in the The Times Leader where a county in Pennsylvania was found to have some of the lowest caseloads yet some of the highest paid probation officers in the entire state. This fact in itself made for an very interesting article; for the purposes of this article I thought the probation officer salary and caseload information was interesting.
For many who visit this website the information being looked for is more in regards to salary and caseload information because many are contemplating whether or not they would like to pursue a career in probation. With that being said let’s take a look at some of the data that was available in the article which I think many who are interested in pursuing this career may find interesting.
For starters probation officers in the adult division were earning an average salary of $53,544 per year; this number was the fourth highest for all counties in Pennsylvania (65 counties in total). For those working in juvenile probation, they were earning an average salary of $56,732 annually.
The highest paying county in the state for adult probation averaged $65,560; while the lowest paying county averaged $20,462. As you can see in this real life example depending on where you are located it can make a very substantial difference in the amount of money you can earn.
For the county in the article that had some of the lowest caseloads (Luzerne) yet the highest paid probation officers, each officer had an average caseload of 97 cases per year. In another Pennsylvania county probation officers were handling 173 probation cases annually on average per officer; this was found to be 78% higher than Luzerne county.
The article also mentions caseloads being determined by a “workload” model which takes into consideration the complexity of the case.
A case with a high priority would require four hours per month equaling 30 as a total caseload.
Medium priority would require two hours per month equaling 60 as a total caseload.
Low priority would require one hour per month equaling a total caseload of 120.
For more information regarding probation officer salary figures you can visit our web page dedicated to that topic. To read the Times Leader Article mentioned in this post you can find it by clicking here.