The job outlook for correctional counselors is generally encouraging. A correctional counselor earns $45,000 as an average annual income. This may vary owing to certain factors such as the type of setting, work location and experience. One of the main duties of a correctional counselor is to oversee former jail inmates to enable them to join the mainstream of life. A correctional counselor is often called upon to testify in court on behalf of an inmate. As mental health counselors, they also work with individuals trapped in addiction habits and substance abuse. They also deal with family, parenting and marital problems, suicide, stress management and issues concerning aging.