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Salary of Protective Service Occupations

The average annual salary of protective service occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Protective Service Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,070
25th Percentile Wage
$26,700
50th Percentile Wage
$39,550
75th Percentile Wage
$61,080
90th Percentile Wage
$84,470

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 $84,470. The median annual salary is $39,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,070.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of protective service occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,550
2.25% 7.41%
2016
$38,660
2.41% -
2015
$37,730
1.46% -
2014
$37,180
1.10% -
2013
$36,770
0.41% -
2012
$36,620
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Protective Service Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Protective Service Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among protective service professions, ranging from $21,290 to $87,910. The highest-paid protective service occupations are first-line supervisors of police and detectives with a median annual salary of $87,910. 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 $21,290. 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
$87,910
First-Line Supervisors of Law Enforcement Workers
$80,120
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$79,970
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$76,170
Transit and Railroad Police
$70,280
Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$69,440
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$62,500
Police Officers
$61,160
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$61,050
Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$59,260
Fire Inspectors
$56,670
Fish and Game Wardens
$56,410
Law Enforcement Workers
$54,520
Private Detectives and Investigators
$50,700
Other First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
$49,430
Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$49,410
Firefighters
$49,080
Correctional Officers and Jailers
$43,540
Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers
$43,510
Bailiffs
$42,960
Transportation Security Screeners
$40,580
Parking Enforcement Workers
$39,030
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$37,380
Animal Control Workers
$35,520
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators
$33,260
Protective Service Workers, All Other
$30,240
Crossing Guards
$27,630
Other Protective Service Workers
$27,150
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
$26,960
Security Guards
$26,900
Miscellaneous Protective Service Workers
$26,160
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
$21,290