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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers23-1021.00EISBachelor +-0.1714,900$41,510$91,530
Animal Control Workers33-9011.00RSCmod. OJT0.7714,600$20,390$34,370
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators23-1022.00SEBachelor +1.048,400$33,200$70,740
Artillery and Missile Crew Members55-3014.00******
Artillery and Missile Officers55-1014.00******
Bailiffs33-3011.00RCEmod. OJT0.5316,800$20,630$42,360
Command and Control Center Officers55-1015.00******
Command and Control Center Specialists55-3015.00******
Correctional Officers and Jailers33-3012.00RECmod. OJT0.49452,800$27,280$44,910
Court Reporters23-2091.00CE1,2 year0.9621,200$26,670$55,000
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks43-4031.00CEshort OJT1.06130,000$23,510$37,340
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Crossing Guards33-9091.00SERshort OJT0.4371,400$17,520$27,040
Detectives and Criminal Investigators33-3021.00EIwork exp.0.2115,200$40,780$80,540
Fire Inspectors and Investigators33-2021.00CRwork exp.0.6212,200$34,010$58,980
Firefighters33-2011.00RSlong OJT0.66307,000$22,130$48,750
First-Line Supervisors of All Other Tactical Operations Specialists55-2013.00******
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers33-1011.00ECRwork exp.0.446,700$37,090$61,790
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers33-1021.00ERwork exp.0.6362,300$41,930$73,550
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives33-1012.00ESCwork exp.0.49103,700$47,720$84,260
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, all others33-1099.00*work exp.0.869,100$26,420$48,440
First-Line Supervisors of Weapons Specialists/Crew Members55-2012.00******
Fish and Game Wardens33-3031.00RIAssociate0.126,600$32,660$53,260
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Forensic Science Technicians19-4092.00IRCAssociate0.5812,900$33,610$58,610
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists33-2022.00RCEwork exp.0.281,900$24,550$43,230
Infantry55-3016.00******
Infantry Officers55-1016.00******
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates23-1023.00ESBachelor +0.2328,300$31,480$106,420
Judicial Law Clerks23-1012.00CIBachelor0.4312,100$29,140$54,350
Lawyers23-1011.00EIProfess.0.98759,800$55,400$133,470
Legal Secretaries43-6012.00CE1,2 year-0.31223,100$26,680$45,670
Legal Support Workers, All Other23-2099.00*Bachelor0.3157,300$30,740$63,340
Military Enlisted Tactical Operations and Air/Weapons Specialists and Crew Members, all other55-3019.00******
Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders/Managers, all other55-1019.00******
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Paralegals and Legal Assistants23-2011.00CIEAssociate1.67277,000$30,280$51,840
Parking Enforcement Workers33-3041.00RCshort OJT-0.029,700$22,040$37,750
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers33-3051.00RElong OJT0.59653,800$33,030$59,560
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers43-5031.00CREmod. OJT0.7798,500$23,790$39,410
Private Detectives and Investigators33-9021.00ECwork exp.1.1230,000$27,000$52,880
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists21-1092.00SECBachelor-0.190,300$32,810$53,360
Protective Service Workers, all other33-9099.00*short OJT0.8682,500$18,160$32,360
Radar and Sonar Technicians55-3017.00******
Security Guards33-9032.00RCEshort OJT1.211,074,300$17,720$28,040
Special Forces55-3018.00******
Special Forces Officers55-1017.00******
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Transit and Railroad Police33-3052.00REClong OJT0.344,300$33,280$53,170

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2012 to 2022. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2012 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2014. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2014. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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