ProTective Service

Employment of protective service occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 158,200 new jobs.

Protective service occupations had a median annual wage of $39,550 in May 2017, which was slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Correctional Officers and BailiffsHigh school diploma or equivalent$43,510
FirefightersPostsecondary nondegree award$49,080
Fire Inspectors$56,670
Police and Detectives$62,960
Private Detectives and InvestigatorsHigh school diploma or equivalent$50,700
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersHigh school diploma or equivalent$26,960
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Protective Service Occupations, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/home.htm