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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 +*19,200$40,330$89,970
Animal Control Workers33-9011.00RSCmod. OJT1.1715,500$19,730$33,470
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators23-1022.00SEBachelor +1.559,400$34,100$77,200
Bailiffs33-3011.00RCEmod. OJT0.817,800$18,700$39,840
Correctional Officers and Jailers33-3012.00RECmod. OJT0.52475,300$27,000$43,550
Court Reporters23-2091.00CE1,2 year1.4122,000$24,790$53,010
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks43-4031.00CEshort OJT0.8129,500$22,720$36,950
Crossing Guards33-9091.00SERshort OJT0.1169,300$17,370$26,160
Detectives and Criminal Investigators33-3021.00EIwork exp.0.29119,400$39,900$77,860
Fire Inspectors and Investigators33-2021.00CRwork exp.0.9213,600$33,920$57,400
Firefighters33-2011.00RSlong OJT0.86310,400$22,030$47,850
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers33-1011.00ECRwork exp.0.5641,500$37,880$60,970
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers33-1021.00ERwork exp.0.8260,100$40,720$71,190
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives33-1012.00ESCwork exp.0.21106,100$47,240$82,060
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, all others33-1099.00*work exp.0.9958,900$25,950$47,940
Fish and Game Wardens33-3031.00RIAssociate0.477,600$31,870$49,400
Forensic Science Technicians19-4092.00IRCAssociate1.8613,000$32,200$55,730
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists33-2022.00RCEwork exp.0.581,600$20,560$41,860
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates23-1023.00ESBachelor +0.9234,000$30,060$102,470
Judicial Law Clerks23-1012.00CIBachelor0.7729,800$28,270$52,610
Lawyers23-1011.00EIProfess.1.01728,200$54,310$130,880
Legal Secretaries43-6012.00CE1,2 year0.35233,200$26,250$44,380
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Legal Support Workers, All Other23-2099.00*Bachelor0.2654,200$30,560$60,390
Paralegals and Legal Assistants23-2011.00CIEAssociate1.83256,000$29,420$50,220
Parking Enforcement Workers33-3041.00RCshort OJT0.969,800$20,470$36,810
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers33-3051.00RElong OJT0.82663,900$32,350$57,770
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers43-5031.00CREmod. OJT1.17100,100$23,190$38,010
Private Detectives and Investigators33-9021.00ECwork exp.2.0534,700$27,670$50,780
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists21-1092.00SECBachelor1.8493,200$31,590$52,380
Protective Service Workers, all other33-9099.00*short OJT1.3281,500$19,120$33,680
Security Guards33-9032.00RCEshort OJT1.881,035,700$17,390$27,240
Transit and Railroad Police33-3052.00REClong OJT0.653,600$34,150$57,880

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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 2010 to 2020. 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 2010 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 2012. 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 2012. 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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