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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
3,386,360 0.4 % $22.03 $45,810 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.74 $12.32 $18.59 $28.70 $39.42
Annual Wage (2) $20,260 $25,630 $38,660 $59,700 $81,980


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) 1,378,890 25.63 $27.31 $56,800
Investigation and Security Services 707,590 78.52 $14.03 $29,180
State Government (OES Designation) 390,360 17.85 $26.20 $54,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 142,940 7.07 $32.15 $66,870
Elementary and Secondary Schools 94,480 1.12 $14.99 $31,180

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 707,590 78.52 $14.03 $29,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,378,890 25.63 $27.31 $56,800
Facilities Support Services 33,460 22.47 $17.67 $36,760
State Government (OES Designation) 390,360 17.85 $26.20 $54,500
School and Employee Bus Transportation 24,190 11.29 $13.11 $27,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,410 0.22 $37.16 $77,290
Natural Gas Distribution 130 0.12 $34.93 $72,640
Rail Transportation 790 0.36 $34.71 $72,200
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 200 0.18 $32.94 $68,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 142,940 7.07 $32.15 $66,870


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 374,460 23.45 0.97 $27.31 $56,810
Texas 297,440 25.32 1.05 $21.01 $43,710
New York 294,070 32.32 1.34 $24.73 $51,430
Florida 233,250 28.37 1.18 $19.38 $40,310
Illinois 153,090 25.93 1.08 $24.70 $51,370




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 29,170 41.53 1.72 $29.34 $61,030
Hawaii 20,790 32.90 1.36 $22.34 $46,460
New York 294,070 32.32 1.34 $24.73 $51,430
Nevada 41,050 32.30 1.34 $20.12 $41,850
New Mexico 25,030 31.08 1.29 $19.81 $41,210




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 29,170 41.53 1.72 $29.34 $61,030
Alaska 7,860 24.30 1.01 $27.93 $58,090
California 374,460 23.45 0.97 $27.31 $56,810
Washington 61,880 20.18 0.84 $26.94 $56,040
New Jersey 108,170 27.35 1.13 $26.52 $55,160