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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations (Major Group)

Protective Service Occupations comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers; First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives; First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers; Miscellaneous First-Line Supervisors, Protective Service Workers; 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; Gambling Surveillance Officers and Gambling Investigators; Security Guards; Crossing Guards and Flaggers; Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers; Transportation Security Screeners; School Bus Monitors and Protective Service Workers, All Other


National estimates for Protective Service Occupations
Industry profile for Protective Service Occupations
Geographic profile for Protective Service Occupations

National estimates for Protective Service Occupations: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Protective Service Occupations:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,351,180 0.4 % $ 25.11 $ 52,220 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Protective Service Occupations:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.88 $ 14.82 $ 21.02 $ 31.77 $ 45.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,710 $ 30,820 $ 43,710 $ 66,090 $ 94,020


Industry profile for Protective Service Occupations: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Protective Service Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,381,700 25.57 $ 30.86 $ 64,190
Investigation and Security Services 721,290 78.17 $ 16.29 $ 33,880
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 384,200 17.47 $ 29.37 $ 61,100
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 143,710 6.91 $ 35.14 $ 73,100
Elementary and Secondary Schools 112,620 1.37 $ 16.91 $ 35,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Protective Service Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 721,290 78.17 $ 16.29 $ 33,880
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,381,700 25.57 $ 30.86 $ 64,190
Facilities Support Services 33,320 20.69 $ 21.33 $ 44,380
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 384,200 17.47 $ 29.37 $ 61,100
Other Support Services 47,570 15.95 $ 17.75 $ 36,910

Top paying industries for Protective Service Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 340 0.03 $ 53.56 $ 111,400
Natural Gas Distribution 80 0.08 $ 46.69 $ 97,100
Postal Service (federal government) 1,340 0.21 $ 39.42 $ 81,990
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 143,710 6.91 $ 35.14 $ 73,100
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,830 0.35 $ 33.93 $ 70,570


Geographic profile for Protective Service Occupations: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Protective Service Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 401,540 24.44 1.01 $ 31.24 $ 64,990
New York 294,130 33.84 1.40 $ 29.28 $ 60,910
Texas 292,110 24.14 1.00 $ 23.39 $ 48,660
Florida 235,510 27.90 1.16 $ 21.98 $ 45,710
Illinois 133,470 23.72 0.98 $ 27.53 $ 57,260




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Protective Service Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 28,200 41.03 1.70 $ 33.83 $ 70,360
New York 294,130 33.84 1.40 $ 29.28 $ 60,910
Hawaii 18,910 32.94 1.37 $ 26.48 $ 55,070
Nevada 39,750 31.78 1.32 $ 23.26 $ 48,370
New Mexico 24,400 31.05 1.29 $ 21.33 $ 44,380




Top paying states for Protective Service Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 28,200 41.03 1.70 $ 33.83 $ 70,360
California 401,540 24.44 1.01 $ 31.24 $ 64,990
Washington 63,910 20.00 0.83 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
New Jersey 108,990 28.81 1.20 $ 30.30 $ 63,020
Alaska 8,340 28.13 1.17 $ 30.12 $ 62,650





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Protective Service Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 299,310 33.88 1.41 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 148,980 25.59 1.06 $ 30.29 $ 63,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 105,340 24.15 1.00 $ 27.64 $ 57,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 84,790 28.06 1.16 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 84,680 33.77 1.40 $ 23.70 $ 49,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 73,530 20.49 0.85 $ 23.98 $ 49,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 72,260 24.34 1.01 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 68,640 25.45 1.06 $ 25.24 $ 52,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60,620 23.02 0.96 $ 21.18 $ 44,060
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 55,780 21.44 0.89 $ 30.09 $ 62,590




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Protective Service Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 3,670 86.06 3.57 $ 40.77 $ 84,800
Pine Bluff, AR 2,240 79.48 3.30 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 2,310 72.95 3.03 $ 29.32 $ 60,990
The Villages, FL 1,940 64.57 2.68 $ 20.17 $ 41,950
El Centro, CA 3,690 64.21 2.67 $ 35.03 $ 72,860
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 2,560 50.76 2.11 $ 20.95 $ 43,580
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 2,860 50.00 2.08 $ 33.10 $ 68,840
Yuma, AZ 3,020 49.83 2.07 $ 25.89 $ 53,860
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 1,790 46.37 1.92 $ 18.99 $ 39,510
Kingston, NY 2,540 46.32 1.92 $ 29.30 $ 60,940