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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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 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)
3,498,800 0.4 % $23.98 $49,880 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.16 $14.02 $19.99 $30.43 $43.68
Annual Wage (2) $23,210 $29,150 $41,580 $63,290 $90,850


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,418,720 25.60 $29.83 $62,040
Investigation and Security Services 753,300 78.70 $15.74 $32,740
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 389,880 17.92 $28.19 $58,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 140,920 7.02 $33.56 $69,800
Elementary and Secondary Schools 108,690 1.26 $16.28 $33,860

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 753,300 78.70 $15.74 $32,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,418,720 25.60 $29.83 $62,040
Facilities Support Services 35,100 21.33 $20.23 $42,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 389,880 17.92 $28.19 $58,640
Other Support Services 45,590 13.86 $17.19 $35,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 110 0.10 $39.20 $81,530
Postal Service (federal government) 1,350 0.21 $38.48 $80,030
Rail Transportation 1,940 0.83 $35.67 $74,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 140,920 7.02 $33.56 $69,800
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 150 0.03 $33.46 $69,590


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 403,270 23.20 0.97 $29.90 $62,180
New York 314,490 33.02 1.39 $27.49 $57,180
Texas 299,220 24.07 1.01 $22.36 $46,520
Florida 244,590 27.81 1.17 $21.18 $44,050
Illinois 146,520 24.32 1.02 $26.47 $55,060




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 29,660 41.00 1.72 $31.37 $65,260
New York 314,490 33.02 1.39 $27.49 $57,180
Nevada 43,660 31.35 1.32 $22.58 $46,980
New Mexico 25,760 31.28 1.31 $20.47 $42,580
Hawaii 19,630 30.89 1.30 $25.33 $52,700




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 29,660 41.00 1.72 $31.37 $65,260
Alaska 7,760 24.47 1.03 $30.16 $62,730
California 403,270 23.20 0.97 $29.90 $62,180
Washington 66,690 20.10 0.84 $29.45 $61,260
New Jersey 113,430 27.75 1.16 $28.66 $59,610





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 318,310 32.97 1.38 $27.99 $58,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 147,700 23.67 0.99 $29.02 $60,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 117,300 25.08 1.05 $26.75 $55,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 92,140 28.98 1.22 $28.69 $59,680
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 87,700 33.19 1.39 $22.78 $47,390
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 75,440 20.63 0.87 $22.59 $46,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 73,870 24.20 1.02 $21.69 $45,110
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 72,960 25.36 1.06 $23.76 $49,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 62,560 22.80 0.96 $19.84 $41,260
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 59,880 21.40 0.90 $28.49 $59,260