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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 BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Protective Service Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$80,360
75th Percentile Wage
$57,270
50th Percentile Wage
$37,180
25th Percentile Wage
$24,510
10th Percentile Wage
$19,090

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 $80,360. The median annual salary is $37,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,090.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Protective Service Occupations

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 $19,090 to $80,930. The highest paid protective service occupations are first-line supervisors of police and detectives with a median annual salary of $80,930. 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 $19,090. 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
$80,930
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$79,870
First-Line Supervisors of Law Enforcement Workers
$73,630
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$70,670
Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$65,080
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$57,970
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$56,810
Police Officers
$56,770
Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$56,130
Fire Inspectors
$54,020
Transit and Railroad Police
$51,690
Law Enforcement Workers
$51,100
Fish and Game Wardens
$50,880
Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$46,320
Firefighters
$45,970
Other First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$45,830
Private Detectives and Investigators
$44,570
Correctional Officers and Jailers
$39,780
Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers
$39,700
Bailiffs
$38,150
Transportation Security Screeners
$38,090
Parking Enforcement Workers
$36,570
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$36,430
Animal Control Workers
$32,560
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators
$29,840
Protective Service Workers, All Other
$28,440
Crossing Guards
$24,750
Other Protective Service Workers
$24,590
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
$24,470
Security Guards
$24,410
Miscellaneous Protective Service Workers
$23,850
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
$19,090