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Salary of Protective Service Occupations

The average annual salary of protective service occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all protective service occupations in the United States. The protective service occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Protective Service Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,260
25th Percentile Wage
$25,630
50th Percentile Wage
$38,660
75th Percentile Wage
$59,700
90th Percentile Wage
$81,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for protective service occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) protective service occupations is $81,980. The median annual salary is $38,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,260.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of protective service occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201638,6602.41%5.28%
201537,7301.46%-
201437,1801.10%-
201336,7700.41%-
201236,620--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Protective Service Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all protective service occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among protective service professions and range from $20,290 to $84,840. The highest paid protective service occupations are first-line supervisors of police and detectives with a median annual salary of $84,840. The lowest paid protective service occupations in the United States are lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers with a median annual salary of $20,290. For more salary information about a specific protective service profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$84,840
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$78,120
First-Line Supervisors of Law Enforcement Workers
$77,500
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$74,540
Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$67,430
Transit and Railroad Police
$66,610
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$60,560
Police Officers
$59,750
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$59,680
Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$58,440
Fire Inspectors
$56,130
Law Enforcement Workers
$53,240
Fish and Game Wardens
$51,730
Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$48,290
Private Detectives and Investigators
$48,190
Firefighters
$48,030
Other First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$47,820
Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers
$42,820
Correctional Officers and Jailers
$42,820
Bailiffs
$42,670
Transportation Security Screeners
$39,680
Parking Enforcement Workers
$37,950
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$36,230
Animal Control Workers
$34,550
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators
$32,630
Protective Service Workers, All Other
$28,720
Crossing Guards
$26,700
Other Protective Service Workers
$25,960
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
$25,840
Security Guards
$25,770
Miscellaneous Protective Service Workers
$25,020
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
$20,290