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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
3,408,680 0.4 % $22.69 $47,190 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.13 $12.84 $19.01 $29.37 $40.61
Annual Wage (2) $21,070 $26,700 $39,550 $61,080 $84,470


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) 1,393,080 25.56 $28.19 $58,640
Investigation and Security Services 720,630 79.15 $14.54 $30,250
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 386,600 17.68 $26.63 $55,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 142,100 7.02 $32.83 $68,280
Elementary and Secondary Schools 95,220 1.12 $15.58 $32,410

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 720,630 79.15 $14.54 $30,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,393,080 25.56 $28.19 $58,640
Facilities Support Services 31,640 20.17 $18.37 $38,220
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 386,600 17.68 $26.63 $55,390
School and Employee Bus Transportation 24,210 11.27 $13.55 $28,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 1,410 0.22 $37.33 $77,650
Rail Transportation 1,780 0.75 $34.30 $71,350
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.17 $33.59 $69,870
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 210 0.18 $33.42 $69,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 142,100 7.02 $32.83 $68,280


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 379,830 22.75 0.95 $28.30 $58,860
New York 299,880 32.57 1.36 $25.22 $52,460
Texas 297,100 24.99 1.04 $21.72 $45,180
Florida 235,240 27.94 1.17 $19.94 $41,480
Illinois 149,870 25.28 1.06 $25.06 $52,130




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 27,530 38.87 1.63 $30.07 $62,540
New York 299,880 32.57 1.36 $25.22 $52,460
New Mexico 26,060 32.54 1.36 $20.21 $42,030
Hawaii 20,230 31.96 1.34 $29.80 $61,990
Nevada 41,840 31.93 1.34 $21.13 $43,950




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 27,530 38.87 1.63 $30.07 $62,540
Hawaii 20,230 31.96 1.34 $29.80 $61,990
Alaska 7,800 24.53 1.03 $28.57 $59,420
California 379,830 22.75 0.95 $28.30 $58,860
Washington 65,740 20.63 0.86 $27.84 $57,900



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 232,120 34.68 1.45 $25.09 $52,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 115,250 26.01 1.09 $28.03 $58,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 101,150 27.62 1.16 $25.62 $53,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 75,700 30.05 1.26 $27.95 $58,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 71,080 24.26 1.01 $21.58 $44,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 58,080 22.17 0.93 $19.12 $39,780
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 53,220 21.36 0.89 $21.15 $43,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 52,050 26.29 1.10 $21.89 $45,520
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 42,990 23.37 0.98 $27.61 $57,420
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 41,720 36.63 1.53 $20.11 $41,820