Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers ; First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives ; First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers ; First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other ; Firefighters ; Fire Inspectors and Investigators ; Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists ; Bailiffs ; Correctional Officers and Jailers ; Detectives and Criminal Investigators ; Fish and Game Wardens ; Parking Enforcement Workers ; Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ; Transit and Railroad Police ; Animal Control Workers ; Private Detectives and Investigators ; Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators ; Security Guards ; Crossing Guards ; Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers ; Transportation Security Screeners ; Protective Service Workers, All Other


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,207,790 0.4 % $20.70 $43,050 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.09 $11.71 $17.60 $26.89 $37.35
Annual Wage (2) $18,910 $24,370 $36,620 $55,940 $77,680


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,365,870 24.95 $25.19 $52,390
Investigation and Security Services 643,370 79.13 $12.63 $26,270
State Government (OES Designation) 393,150 17.86 $24.12 $50,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 151,210 7.41 $30.64 $63,740
Elementary and Secondary Schools 64,260 0.78 $14.21 $29,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 643,370 79.13 $12.63 $26,270
Facilities Support Services 36,590 28.72 $17.06 $35,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,365,870 24.95 $25.19 $52,390
State Government (OES Designation) 393,150 17.86 $24.12 $50,170
Other Support Services 24,610 8.61 $14.89 $30,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,430 0.23 $35.17 $73,150
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 151,210 7.41 $30.64 $63,740
Rail Transportation 1,690 0.75 $27.40 $57,000
Legal Services 1,560 0.14 $26.09 $54,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,365,870 24.95 $25.19 $52,390


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 348,950 24.40 0.99 $25.49 $53,010
New York 274,030 32.08 1.30 $24.73 $51,430
Texas 272,020 25.71 1.04 $19.32 $40,180
Florida 217,550 29.91 1.21 $19.12 $39,760
Illinois 142,770 25.31 1.03 $21.64 $45,020




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 24,420 37.35 1.52 $27.32 $56,830
Hawaii 20,520 34.88 1.42 $19.55 $40,670
Nevada 38,620 34.26 1.39 $19.30 $40,140
New York 274,030 32.08 1.30 $24.73 $51,430
Arizona 76,630 31.74 1.29 $21.09 $43,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 24,420 37.35 1.52 $27.32 $56,830
New Jersey 98,440 25.95 1.05 $26.63 $55,390
California 348,950 24.40 0.99 $25.49 $53,010
Alaska 7,980 25.04 1.02 $25.42 $52,860
Washington 54,260 19.63 0.80 $24.74 $51,460





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 183,180 35.52 1.44 $25.11 $52,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 109,500 28.29 1.15 $23.73 $49,370
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100,380 27.57 1.12 $22.02 $45,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 73,650 31.43 1.28 $24.74 $51,470
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 63,340 23.99 0.97 $18.31 $38,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 52,720 23.31 0.95 $16.53 $34,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 47,950 27.72 1.13 $20.55 $42,750
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 47,810 22.80 0.93 $19.73 $41,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 43,470 23.85 0.97 $20.25 $42,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 41,860 24.46 0.99 $23.99 $49,890