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Distinct Groups (22): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes330000.htm  
Employment: 3,386,360
Mean Hourly Wage: $22.03
Mean Annual Wage: $45,810
Largest Employment Category--Security Guards—1,103,120
Smallest Employment Category—Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists—1,650
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

The Protective Service occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 22 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Of these job types, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists Rapid Growth Video
Private Detectives and Investigators Rapid Growth Video
Security Guards Numerous Job Openings Video

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 3,386,360 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $45,810.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Protective Service group’s mean hourly wage of $22.024, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $45,810.

Did you know? Hanford-Corcoran, CA is both the most concentrated and highest paying metropolitan area for this occupation with 91.14 per 1,000 jobs being paid an annual mean wage of $74,230. In all, California has eight of the top ten paying metro areas. California (Hanford-Corcoran and El Centro, CA) and Arizona (Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ and Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ) have the most metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs with two apiece in the Top 10.

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wag
1.    First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives (100,200) $88,400
2.    Detectives and Criminal Investigators (104,980) $81,490
3.    First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers (57,170) $77,050
4.    Transit and Railroad Police (4,810) $67,850
5.    First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers (43,230) $65,100
6.    Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers (657,690) $62,760
7.    Fire Inspectors and Investigators (11,910) $61,660
8.    Fish and Game Wardens (6,610) $54,760
9.    Private Detectives and Investigators (28,490) $53,530
10.  First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other (72,880) $50,690
11.  Firefighters (315,910) $50,520
12.  Correctional Officers and Jailers (431,600) $46,750
13.  Bailiffs (17,880) $45,740
14.  Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists (1,650) $44,300
15.  Transportation Security Screeners (42,750) $40,160
16.  Parking Enforcement Workers (8,920) $39,650
17.  Animal Control Workers (12,970) $36,600
18.  Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators (10,460) $35,280
19.  Protective Service Workers, All Other (135,120) $32,880
20.  Security Guards (1,103,120) $29,730
21.  Crossing Guards (72,900) $29,190
22.  Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, & Other Recreational Protective Serv Workers (145,100) $22,640


What's Hot

What’s Hot: Capt. Ed Murphy, Lt. Anita Van Buren and Lt. Arthur Tragg…would be proud. Although just fictional characters in the movie Lethal Weapon and the television series Law and Order and Perry Mason, respectively, they have helped pave the way for police supervisors to step to the head of the Protective Service group. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives ($88,400), Detectives and Criminal Investigators ($81,490) and First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers ($77,050) and are the Best Paid of this occupation group.

What’s Not: In contrast, the attention-getting Baywatch apparently still does not resonate on the pay scale as Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers Recreational Protective Service Workers (at $22,640) are the Least Paid in this group, followed by Crossing Guards at ($29,190). Although the largest single job title in this group at 1,103,120 strong, Security Guards seem to protect everyone’s well-being but their own as they still hold down third on the Least Paid list, with a mean annual wage of $29,730.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Protective Service occupational group are:

California (374,460 workers)
Texas (297,440)
New York (294,070)
Florida (233,250)
Illinois (153,090)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

District of Columbia (41.53 per 1,000 jobs)
Hawaii (32.90)
New York (32.32)
Nevada (32.30)
New Mexico (31.08)

The top paying States for this occupation are below. Parts of the Northwest and Northeast have this category covered.

District of Columbia ($61,030 annual mean wage)
Alaska ($58,090)
California ($56,810)
Washington ($56,040)
New Jersey ($55,160)